The Nintendo PlayStation prototype sold for a whopping $360,000 at an auction


Samriddha Saha


Mar, 26.2020

The Nintendo PlayStation (known then as the Play Station) was a collaboration between Nintendo and Sony in the late 1980s and early '90s. The companies struck a deal to forge the Super Disc format, as Sony wanted a way into the booming video games business. An add-on to the SNES would allow it to play disc-based games, in addition to music CDs, and a separate system made by Sony (the Nintendo PlayStation) would play both discs and cartridges. prototypeBut a day after Sony announced its partnership with Nintendo, Nintendo said it had struck a deal with Philips for a CD-based gaming platform. A few years later, Sony released the PlayStation.

The Nintendo PlayStation includes a CD-ROM drive, headphone port and controller with "Sony PlayStation" across the front. It also has a small screen on top that shows which music track is being played from a CD.


The unit in question is the only known surviving prototype of the 200 believed to have been made. It’s owned by Terry Diebold, a retired employee of the Advanta Corporation, a company whose CEO was once Olaf Olafsson — the CEO of what was Sony Computer Entertainment when the prototype was made. Diebold acquired the console, colloquially known as the “Nintendo Play Station,” in a lot of other items when the company went bankrupt in 2009.The owners of the console reportedly turned down a $1.2 million offer before, to purchase the device outright and at last it got sold off for a whopping $360,000 at an auction. The device is "said to be the last remaining prototype of the alleged 200 that were forged from the failed joint-venture between Sony and Nintendo,"