It’s known to many gamers that the PlayStation originated as a joint venture between Sony and Nintendo. It started as a new model of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System that could also play CD-ROM games. Things didn’t work out between the two companies, however, and Nintendo eventually partnered with Phillips on the project instead, leading Sony to enter the console market on their own. With the partnership being cut short, very few prototypes for the “Nintendo PlayStation” were produced—but now one has been uncovered.
Its owner, posting on Reddit, explains how the rare hardware came into his hands:
“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 dads company went bankrupt, my dad found it in a box of ‘junk’ he was supposed to throw out.”
You can view images of the console below, and watch a video of the owner inspecting it above.