The ultra-rare Nintendo PlayStation prototype, which was rediscovered in an attic in 2015, sold at auction for $ 300,000 USD (about £ 230,000).
The prototype (officially known as the ‘Nintendo Play Station’) was initially created as part of a doomed collaboration between Sony and Nintendo. It was intended to add CD-ROM capabilities to the 16-bit SNES and was Sony’s first foray into the world of gaming hardware.
It is famous that the project was terminated after a fight between the two parties when Nintendo suddenly announced a partnership with Sony’s rival Philips, but Sony’s efforts would eventually form the basis for its own console, the 1994 PlayStation, and the rest. , as they say, it is history. .
Around 200 prototypes are believed to have been made for Nintendo’s PlayStation, but most were eventually scrapped and only one is publicly known to still exist.
This particular unit was discovered by father and son, Terry and Dan Diebold in a box of items that once belonged to the now-bankrupt company Advanta, which happened to have former Sony Computer Entertainment America president Olaf Olafsson at work.
Following its rediscovery in 2015, Nintendo’s working PlayStation toured the world, but it was finally auctioned last month through Heritage Auctions. The bidding process came to an end earlier today, with the final bid reaching $ 300,000 USD (around £ 229,885), although a ‘buyer’s premium’ will raise it to $ 360,000 USD, around £ 275,862.
As for the new owner of one of the most legendary items in video games, his identity will remain a mystery for now. According to a Heritage Auctions spokesperson (via Kotaku), the winning bidder does not wish to be identified at this time.