"Play Station" Prototype From Nintendo And Sony Partnership Being Auctioned, Currently At $350,000

The Nintendo Play Station console can be yours, for a price.

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The so-called "Nintendo Play Station" console, which was a fable system and the subject of video game lore, is now available to buy on an auction site. The website Heritage Auctions has listed the Nintendo PlayStation console, and this is said to be the first time one of the units has been available at a public auction. Only 200 of these were ever made, and some or all of the other units were reportedly destroyed, but not this one.

The folks at Heritage Auctions say the console operates normally, and they played a few rounds of Mortal Kombat on it as a test. It's now up for auction, and the current highest bid is an impressive $350,000. You can bid in increments of $500, and also bear in mind there is a 20 percent "buyer's premium" attached.

"By far, this is arguably one of the most notorious, mysterious, and controversial artifacts of the video game industry," reads the auction description. "This prototype has been around the world and back again, admired and appreciated by video game enthusiasts from all over. Even though this is the closing of this portion of its narrative, it will continue to remain a pivotal piece of video game history no matter where it ends up."

The Nintendo PlayStation was publicly unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in 1991, but Nintendo backed out of the arrangement with Sony and, at that very same event, announced it would be entering into a partnership with Philips, which would result in the infamous Philips CD-i (and its notorious Zelda titles). The 200 existing prototypes for the Nintendo PlayStation were said to be destroyed.

The falling out between Nintendo and Sony is reportedly part of what drove Sony to get into the gaming market to begin with. Both companies have enjoyed great success in gaming, with Sony's PS4 recently surpassing the Wii with more than 100 million in sales. Nintendo's newest console, the Switch, is also a sales juggernaut that keeps growing.

Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey has claimed publicly that he's one of the bidders.

Updated with current bid price

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Nope I still prefer building a workstation, a couple of highest end gaming rigs and all the latest home consoles, and use the former two to make stuff that can get me even more money, than this. Sure things like this can appreciate in value but you are seriously better off investing this sum of money on tools that can get you more money much more quickly, or in a fund with good returns.

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I would love to have it had I the money...

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i know someone that would die to get his hand on this most litterly cause his wife would kill him after he did it. he like collecting this stuff has collection of over 100 consoles and including complete sets of games for atari 2600 and 800 and few other systems

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If you can't play anything with it, it is only museum material.

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An auction? Really?

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@Dimebag_Darrell: lol nice.

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Honestly if you are rich and can afford it, its a great deal because you'll make your money back easily when game conventions fly you out so you could bring it for show on the floor like the guy and the son who originally owned it, they made soo much money and got free travel, food and fame off this.

youll make the 50,000 back in like 5-7ish years of appearences

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@alastor529: Nah you're better off getting a workstation, two top of the line gaming PCs and all the latest consoles, and make a game off them. If you're disciplined enough you can make many more times that within 4-5 years instead.

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Hopefully whomever buys it will keep in a curated museum or collection. Does something like that exist for gaming?

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@lionheartssj1: Nintendo has a museum (or Japan has a Nintendo museum, whichever) which has the proto-type NES, which functions much more like a Wii than an NES (home menu, online services and gameplay, game streaming, using the Zapper like you would the Wii-mote, etc.). I would imagine they have a Play Station, but if not that would be a prized adition for sure

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Only $30,000? I remember the entitled owner was trying to get millions for it originally.

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There was a rumour that this got an offer of $1 million but if they're starting the auction at $30,000, I doubt that.

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@tokyogoomba: Proxy bidding is already up to $260K ($312K including the premium) in less than a day, with three weeks left. The actual auction doesn't start until March 6.

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Edited By BMWPro77

Clickbait title since the console is in an auction and cannot be bought at this time for that price until the auction ends and the buyer pays a premium. I'm sure this auction will increase beyond $30,000 also. Gamespot you can do better than that.

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30K now 36K with premium WTH?

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Huh; makes me wonder where they even found the thing? It's also all the way up to $23k now w/o the premium only 5 hours later. :x

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@Megawizard: The Heritage Auction page answers that:

”At one time, this particular unit was owned by the founder, first president, and first chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. Olaf Olafsson. Olaf eventually left Sony to join Advanta Corporation, and became its president in 1998. A little over a year later, Olaf left Advanta to join Time Warner -- but he left his Nintendo PlayStation prototype behind at Advanta. Roughly around this time, Advanta filed for bankruptcy and began gathering up everything in their corporate office to sell at auction. As the story goes, the Nintendo Play Station prototype was grouped together with some miscellaneous items that was boxed up with a group lot, the contents of which were veiled. A nice Easter egg for the winning bidder, indeed!”

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@zmanbarzel: That's cool AF, Zman! 🤯

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@Megawizard: I think it was the father of the current owner was involved with Sony America or something, and when the collaboration fell trough it was to be destructed or trashed and he took it home instead and kept it in the attic for years until the current owner found it one day. since then it has been restored to work (there is a youtube video of the whole thing) and he has been touring around the world with it. Now he is selling it, but he said previously he would not sell it.

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@Megawizard: They were sent one as shareholders or investors? I recall hearing that was the case, MegaWizard. 🧙‍♂️

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