The Nintendo PlayStation sells for $360,000 at auction

The prototype's owners were probably hoping to get more for the device.

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Igor Bonifacic
March 6, 2020 3:32 PM
In this article: design, gadgetry, gadgets, gaming, gear, nintendo, sony
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The only known "Nintendo Play Station" console in existence is changing hands. Bidding for the legendary prototype concluded earlier today when someone placed a $300,000 bid. With the buyer's premium, the person who won the auction will pay $360,000 to own a piece of gaming history.

As with any high-profile auction, the device was expected to attract big bids, and for a time it did. At one point in the bidding process, even Oculus founder Palmer Luckey took part. However, it's probably fair to say its outgoing owners were hoping for a better outcome -- even if the auction set the record for the most expensive piece of game memorabilia ever sold.

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Engadget's Richard Lai chronicled the fascinating history of the console back in 2015. The prototype was originally owned by former Sony Computer Entertainment America president Olaf Olafsson. A man named Terry Diebold (pictured below) won the console in a bankruptcy auction for a mere $75. It stayed overlooked in his attic until his son, Dan Diebold, realized what they had on their hands with the help of a Reddit post. Since then, the two have toured with the prototype, taking it with them to retro gaming conventions. In December, the elder Diebold told Kotaku someone offered $1.2 million to buy the console.

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It's believed the device represents Sony's first attempt at creating its own gaming hardware. It adds a built-in CD-ROM to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Had Sony and Nintendo continued their partnership, the console would have allowed the SNES to play CD games. After a falling out with Nintendo, Sony went on to release the original PlayStation and the rest, as they say, is history.

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The Nintendo PlayStation sells for $360,000 at auction