A rare Nintendo PlayStation prototype has gone under the hammer for a whopping $360,000 (roughly Rs. 2.67 crore). According to the auctioneer, Heritage Auctions, this gaming console is said to be the last remaining prototype of the 200 units that were produced from the failed collaboration between Sony and Nintendo.
Interestingly, the device works, and you can still play some games on it.
The console was reportedly purchased for $75
As per reports, this prototype console was originally owned by Olaf Olafsson, Sony's top executive who led the creation of PlayStation.
The device was later purchased by a man named Terry Diebold in a bankruptcy auction for a mere $75. For several years, it remained overlooked in his attic until his son, Dan Diebold, discovered the historic value of this console.
Oculus founder was also interested in buying the rare console
Last month, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey confirmed that he was also participating in the bidding process and was the highest bidder for this rare gaming console, but eventually lost out to some other participant.
Sony, Nintendo's partnership led to the creation of this console
To jog your memory, in 1988, Sony had partnered with Nintendo to add its CD-ROM technology to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)-based console. However, they could not agree on the revenue-sharing part, and Nintendo ended the collaboration just a day after Sony unveiled the console at the Chicago CES in 1991.
Hence, as the only dual-branded prototype remaining, this console is surely respected.
About the console
The prototype comes with a slot for Super Famicom and Super Nintendo games as well as a CD-ROM drive for playing media and some video games.
There is a small screen on the top of the console that shows information related to the music track being played from the CD. It also has a headphone jack, a dedicated volume dial, and two controller ports.