Sony Nintendo Play Station prototype
Heritage Auctions

The original prototype of the PlayStation will be auctioned in February via Heritage Auctions. Perhaps the world’s rarest gaming console, Nintendo and Sony’s collaborative effort was developed back in the ’80s and is the stuff of video game legends. Kotaku reports the console’s owner has turned down million-dollar offers in the past. Now the market will decide the price.

Known as the “Play Station,” the console was a prototype machine that could play both NES cartridge games and CD games. It was meant to be a partnership between Sony and Nintendo before the latter abruptly pulled out of the deal. Then Sony went on to create its own proprietary PlayStation console in 1994.

In 2009, a man named Terry Diebold unknowingly found the incredibly rare prototype at an auction in a pile of “junk” and bought it for $75. This is the last privately-owned “Play Station,” and while nobody has any idea what it will go for, it’s potentially worth hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, especially if there’s a bidding war between collectors or museums.

Diebold claims he’s “turned down 1.2 million from someone in Norway.” Take a closer look at the OG console below before it heads to auction in February 2020 via Heritage Auctions.

Words by Sarah Osei
Staff Writer