AN ULTRA-RARE “Nintendo PlayStation” console that was never released is expected to sell for millions at auction.
The console was created nearly 30 years ago, and is capable of playing both game cartridges and discs.
It was officially a Nintendo console, but was stamped with Sony branding and was dubbed the ‘Play Station’.
But the project was scrapped before release, and the two Japanese tech giants went on to release their own ‘next-gen’ consoles separately.
In 2009, a man named Terry Diebold unwittingly bought the prototype as part of a lot of abandoned property from a former Sony executive, according to a Kotaku report.
The device was rediscovered by Diebold’s son in the family attic in 2015, attracting huge interest from the gaming industry.
Ever since, Diebold and his son have been touring the “Nintendo PlayStation” around conventions.
But Diebold is tired of spending his own money showing it off – and wants to finally realise the console’s value.
“I can’t keep losing money,” Diebold told Kotaku.
“I’ve put a lot of work into this by travelling with it and we have made nothing on it.
“Every trip that we…have taken with it has cost us money out of pocket.”
The device is set to be sold at Heritage Auctions, where it is expected to sell for millions.
“We turned down $1.2million from someone in Norway,” Diebold revealed.
But experts are struggling to pin an exact price tag on the console.
“It’s definitely going to sell, and the market will determine the value,” said Valarie McLeckie, of Heritage Auctions, speaking to Kotaku.
“In the case of this particular item, since it’s never been sold at public auction before, there’s really no way to tell.”
The auction is set to begin on February 27 with no reserve price.
This particular unit is believed to be the only one not destroyed, and may have been owned by the founder, first president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment.
The device’s strange history began when Nintendo partnered with Sony to develop two new products.
One would be a CD-ROM add-on for the SNES, and the other would be a Sony console that could play both cartridges and discs.
As many as 200-300 prototypes of the latter – dubbed the “Play Station” – were created between 1991 and 1992.
But the deal eventually fell through, and Sony switched to developing its own console.
This was the PlayStation, which was first released in Japan on December 3, 1994.
And Nintendo then released its own Nintendo 64 – which still used cartridges – in June 1996.
PlayStation releases – what's the history
Here's what you need to know…
- The original PlayStation launched in Europe in 1995
- This was followed by the PlayStation 2 in the year 2000
- The PlayStation 3 arrived over half a decade later, in 2006
- Then gamers had to wait a further seven years for 2013’s PS4 launch
- Sony has announced it will release the PS5 around Christmas 2020
The idea of combining multiple consoles into one is still inspiring gamers everywhere.
Earlier this year, gadget geeks created the ultimate mega-console with an Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch and gaming PC inside.
The total estimated cost of the console was more than £7,600 ($9,970).
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