A lucky person seems to have stumbled upon a rare prototype of the Sony and Nintendo developed PlayStation console which was designed to play both SNES cartridges along with newly developed CD-ROM disk games.
This lucky person goes by the Imgur username DanDiebold and claims that his father had worked for Nintendo during that time. The prototype console was found in a box of his dad’s junk that was left over from that time.
Quoted from DanDiebold “My dad worked for a company, apparently one of the guys he used to work with, I think his name was Olaf, used to work at Nintendo and when my dad’s company went bankrupt, my dad found it in a box of ‘junk’ he was supposed to throw out”.
Olaf could be a reference to Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson who actually co-created Sony Interactive Entertainment. That would make this “Playstation” probably the first ever and belonging to Playstation’s creator.
The console was developed back in 1988 in secret as a peripheral for the SNES. In 1991 it was actually revealed at the Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) and a day later Nintendo announced that it was going to be instead partnering with Phillips for it’s CD technology. This actually angered Sony so much that it turned it’s part in the system into the console now known as the Playstation 1 as it sought revenge against Nintendo.
It is rumored that 200 prototypes were made though they are virtually non existent and this is the first one we’ve known of to surface.
There also seems to be a video of the prototype that has now surfaced on Youtube and appears to be legit. It is referenced as a Nintendo Playstation Superdisc in the video which might have been the supposed official name for the now defunct console of yesteryear. Check it out below.