The Nintendo/Sony PlayStation is officially going to auction

The Nintendo/Sony PlayStation is officially going to auction

The rarest of video games consoles, a prototype PlayStation developed by Nintendo and Sony in 1998, is officially going to auction in 2020.

Back in October we reported that Terry Diebold was looking for a buyer for his ultra rare Nintendo/Sony PlayStation prototype. Having reportedly turned down an offer of $1.2 Million, the console will now go to auction in March 2020.

The console caught the imagination of the gaming community in 2015 when Terry’s son, Dan, posted pictures and video online. Since then Diebold has been touring his curiosity to conventions but reveals that each of these events has left him out of pocket. Struggling to monetise his unique find, Diebold is now looking to cash-in big style.

With an expected starting price of £1 million, the console is now listed on Heritage Auctions‘ site. Bidding begins on February 14th 2020 with the auction actually taking place between March 5th and 7th.

Whilst it seems likely that this unique piece of video game history will disappear into one wealthy benefactor’s collection, the hope is that whoever buys the Nintendo PlayStation will donate it to a museum where it can be enjoyed by the masses.

From Heritage Auctions’ listing | At one point this dual-branded prototype’s existence was mere myth. It is said to be the last remaining prototype of 200 that were forged from the failed joint-venture between Sony and Nintendo, two of the biggest competitors in the modern home console video game market. As such, it not only has a slot for Super Famicom games, but a CD-ROM drive. Though the CD-ROM drive was not currently working when it was found in 2009 it has since been repaired by Benjamin Heckendorn, known as Ben Heck, a YouTube personality known for his console repair videos.


Reportedly, the other 199 prototypes were destroyed when the promising partnership soured and fragmented. This unit was at one time owned by the founder, first president, and chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc., Olaf Olaffson. Olaf eventually made his way to become a member of the board of directors of Advanta Corporation, and became its president in 1998. A little over a year later, Olaf left Advanta to join Time Warner. Shortly thereafter, Olaf left and Advanta filed for bankruptcy. As their assets were organized to be liquidated, this Nintendo Play Station prototype that Olaf reportedly left behind was mixed into a mystery box lot that was auctioned by the company. Had this not have happened, who knows when the world would have learned of this prototype’s existence! Since then, the prototype has been on a tour across the world to various vintage / retro video game conventions. Convention go-ers have been able to play games and enjoy this unique piece of video game history. Now, this prototype console is fated to be a coveted centerpiece in one person’s collection.

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