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Sony Nintendo PlayStation Prototype: History Awaits

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In 1988, Nintendo hired Sony to make a CD-ROM add-on for the Super Famicom to compete with the Sega Mega CD. But Sony also made a standalone version of this “Super Disc” add-on – a console that could play CD games and media as well as Super Famicom cartridges – and presented it at CES in 1991. Redditor analogueboy appears to have a prototype of that 2-in-1 system, which after a series of events straight out of the fevered dreams of Hollywood’s scriptwriters would eventually lead to the original PlayStation.

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Responding on an Assembler Games thread, analogueboy said, “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.” Many are guessing – or hoping – that this Olaf is Ólafur Ólafsson, the former CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, which helped bring the original PlayStation to the public.

This prototype looks a bit different from the one that’s been publicized, but their controllers appear to be the same. The layout of the buttons on the two prototypes are very similar as well. I hope analogueboy can revive the PS4’s great grandfather and see what its inside its test cartridge and disc.

[via Reddit & Assembler Games via GamesRadar]



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