There is Finally a Fully Working Nintendo PlayStation Prototype in Existence

Way back in the day, before the PlayStation was even a thing, Nintendo and Sony had teamed up for an addon/hybrid system that added a disc player to the Super Famicon (SNES). The idea was that while they would still support cartridges, the system could also support the new disc medium and play music and games just like the original PlayStation did off of them. For many reasons, this deal fell through (mostly at fault of Nintendo, sadly). However, prototypes were officially created and the device itself did exist.

However, at this point those devices and prototypes are 20+ years old and there are but a handful in existence in the world. The other problem is that in general, these prototypes no longer work 100% of the time. Not necessarily unexpected, considering they were prototypes and not official retail units meant for the end consumer.

The fine folks at The Ben Heck Show on YouTube got to get their hands on one of the units for a month straight and spent that entire time fixing it and diagnosing why it wasn’t running correctly and consistently. You can see that work in the video at the top of the post.

Long story short, it now is fully functional at the hardware level. Now, no games were ever officially made for the drive, and for the most part it’s a piece of gaming history that is a collectors dream, but the fact it is now fully functioning just makes it an extremely valuable piece of gaming history.

Nathanial Rumphol-Janc

A veteran in the video game media sphere, Nathanial co-founded Gamnesia, founded, ran the news the segment on the Zelda Universe Podcast, found and ran Zelda Domain from 1998 to 2006, and built Zelda Informer as the Editor-in-Chief from 2008 to 2017. He now owns and operates Nintendo Prime. You can follow him on twitter @NateJanc, otherwise just stay tuned at Nintendo Prime for more of his work.