Sony/Nintendos 1992 PlaystationNES-Prototype for sale

14. Februar 2020 9:39 | #Games #Retrogames #Sammlung #Technologie

Heritage Auctions verkaufen in einer kommenden Versteigerung jede Menge gut bis sehr gut erhaltener NES-Cartridges (graded und mint in box) und eine der ersten in den USA produzierten NES-Konsolen im Deluxe-Set mit allem Schnickschnack im Koffer aus den ersten Test-Verkäufen in Manhattan 1985.

Und dann haben sie auch den legendären PlaystationNES-Prototypen am Start, den Sony und Nintendo damals als Testgerät gebaut hatten, inklusive Playstation-gebrandetem NES-Controller. So much to love. Sony hatte Nintendo damals vorgeschlagen, ihre Konsolen mit Sonys CD-ROM-Laufwerken auszustatten und bauten 200 dieser aufgebohrten NextGen-Konsolen. Die Kooperation kam nie zustande und 199 dieser Prototypen wurden vernichtet, das Abenteuer brachte Sony aber dann auf die Idee, eine eigene Spielekonsole zu entwickeln und der Rest ist Geschichte.

Den letzten dieser Prototypen gibt es jetzt bei Heritage für nur 300.000 Dollar. Es ist das erste mal, dass dieser Prototyp öffentlich zum Verkauf steht.

Nintendo Play Station Super NES CD-ROM Prototype – Sony and Nintendo c. 1992. At one point, this dual-branded prototype’s existence was mere myth, and this is the very first time it will ever be offered at public auction. It is said to be the last remaining prototype of the alleged 200 that were forged from the failed joint-venture between Sony and Nintendo, two of the biggest competitors in the home console video game market. Reportedly, the other prototypes have since been destroyed. We at Heritage can attest the prototype is working, as we’ve played a couple of rounds of Mortal Kombat on it using a Super Famicom cartridge.

The prototype does share some exterior similarities with both the Super Nintendo and the Sony PlayStation, but it has its own, unique characteristics as well. It has not only a slot for Super Famicom and Super Nintendo games, but a CD-ROM drive that was meant to play disc-based media and presumably video games as well. Though the CD-ROM drive was not currently working when it was found in 2009, it has since been repaired by Benjamin Heckendorn, a YouTube personality known for his console repair videos. It now has the ability to play music CDs like the commercially produced PlayStation, but there is no proprietary software that’s known to have been made during the prototype’s development.

The prototype’s small screen on the top of the console shows the user which music track is currently being played from the CD, allowing the user to listen to their own music and play a cartridge-based game at the same time. It also has a headphone port and independent volume dial on the front of the console, to the left of the two controller ports. Turning the console over to look at the bottom, it has a label with what appears to be a handwritten “2.” The meaning of this number is unclear. Looking at the back of the console, it has standard AV Out, S-Video, and the Super Nintendo’s Multi-out ports. However, it also has a mysterious port simply labeled “NEXT,” and its purpose is considered to be unknown.

One of the most interesting aspects of the prototype is the controller, whose casing sports the design of a Super Nintendo controller with Super Famicom colors. However, this is no ordinary Super Nintendo controller! Though the design itself is familiar to many, the branding is what sets it apart. Instead of Nintendo, “Sony PlayStation” is boldly emblazoned on the front of the controller, though “Nintendo” is raised in plastic on the back.

Both the console and the controller show some signs of aging that were characteristic of the Super Nintendo. Presumably, these pieces are made from the same type of plastic that the Super Nintendo was made from: acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, or ABS for short. This plastic is naturally flammable, so it was often treated with flame retardants, Bromine being the most common. As bromine is exposed to ultraviolet radiation, it oxidizes and causes the yellowing color. Since the shell of the console is made up of different pieces, it’s possible the ratio of ABS to flame retardant was mixed more accurately for some pieces of the shell than it was others.

Also included with the lot is what is often referred to as either the “boot cart” or “debugging cart” which allows the system to activate the CD-ROM port as well as access the console’s Super Disc operating system. The casing is in the shape of a Super Famicom cartridge, and does have the “Nintendo Super Famicom Cassette” text impressed into the back portion of the shell. A handwritten label adorns the front where a commercially produced label would typically go. It shows a date of either October 6th, 1992 or June 10th, 1992. The date is unconfirmed.

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