Nintendo Playstation prototype auctions at $360,000

This goes back to the very early days of the N64, a tale as old as time itself. When Sega was moving from cartridge to CD territory with the Sega CD, Nintendo also wanted to make a move. They partnered with Sony to create an add-on for the SNES and announced it in CES 1991. However, Nintendo backed out just after Sony made the announcement saying that they were going to make the add-on with Phillips. Sony went on to to make the PS1 and Phillips made their CD-I, and we never got to see the Nintendo Playstation.

Rather than being an add-on for the SNES like the Nintendo 64 DD, this seems to be a full-featured console, capable of playing cartridge games and CD games as well.

Though I don’t think that there were any games developed on CD for the SNES, this console can still play music CDs. It has controls on the top/front of the console to change tracks and a small LCD screen to show what is playing. Sony has been making Diskmans since 1984 after all, this was their thing.

Heritage Auctions recently put out an auction for what they claim is the last surviving Nintendo Playstation from about 200 prototypes that were produced. As of writing this post, it’s at about $300k + $60k buyers premium.

I never thought I’d see a video game go for this much money. I’ve seen collections of retro games go for tens of thousands, but never a single item. Even something rare and sought after like a NWC cart goes for ‘only’ $10-20,000. This is an important piece of video game history, but that’s the price of a decent house.

Hopefully, the console will fall into the hands of a museum or similar where this piece of history can be enjoyed by all. If you are crazy enough to place a bid on this, it’s available at Heritage Auctions.

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A prototype for the Nintendo Playstation, a SNES that has a CD reader, has been put on auction at Heritage Auctions and is currently on for $360,000.
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