Nintendo PlayStation prototype sells for over $300,000 at auction

Did you know there was a failed partnership between Nintendo and Sony that could’ve given birth to a console known as the Nintendo PlayStation?

It’s true and there were some prototype consoles made around 1990. One of the rare prototypes just sold in an online auction at Heritage Auctions for $300,000. After a premium, the buyer ends up paying $360,000 for this unique piece of gaming history.

The story of how the prototype came to be sold, told by Polygon, starts with it being found by the seller inside of a box once owned by a former Sony Computer Entertainment CEO named Olaf Olafsson.

Olafsson and the seller, Terry Diebold, worked together at a company called Advanta Corporation, which eventually went bankrupt and things were privately auctioned off. That’s how Diebold came to own the prototype, which was then sold off in the auction today.

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