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Title: A rare Nintendo/Sony Play Station was discovered
Post by: Titan on July 03, 2015, 06:30:09 AM
I came across this article and thought it was pretty cool. Apparently, some guy was came across it in a box of junk. Gotta say, I like the old SNES controller with the Sony brand on it, lol. Though I can't help but think, if the Nintendo/Sony partnership worked out, what gaming would be like today. Sony decided to get into the gaming industry solo after their partnership with Nintendo ended, since they already had the research, and they saw the merit of disc based games. This console below is what eventually evolved into our beloved PSX.




Rare prototype of Nintendo and Sony abandoned PlayStation console discovered

    ben skipper ibt
    By Ben Skipper
    July 3, 2015 09:11 BST
    Updated 5 hr ago
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Sony Nintendo PlayStation

A prototype of the Sony and Nintendo-developed PlayStation console which played both CD-ROM discs and Super Nintendo (SNES) cartridges has apparently been discovered. Pictures of the device have been shared on Imgur and Reddit (the page for which is currently down due to an ongoing drama).

The owner of the device (Imgur user DanDiebold) came forward on the Assembler Games forum to answer some questions. He says the device belonged to his father, who once worked alongside a Nintendo employee and happened across it in a box of junk after his company went bankrupt.

The user hasn't had the opportunity to boot up the device yet as he doesn't have the correct power cord, so he doesn't yet know what is on an unmarked CD and cartridge which came with the apparent prototype. He also intends to open the device up and take photos of the circuitry inside.

It has not been officially verified that the device is a genuine prototype, but it certainly appears that it is.
Sony Nintendo PlayStation

In the late 80s and early 90s Nintendo and Sony formed a partnership to create a CD-ROM-reading peripheral for the Super Nintendo called SNES-CD. Nintendo and Sony clashed over licensing arrangements which gave Sony more control over software licensing than Nintendo liked.

In May 1991 the device called the Play Station (space intended) was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show, but the very next day Nintendo announced an ill-fated partnership with Sony rival Phillips. Apparently only 200 prototypes of the Play Station were made.

At the heart of all this was Ken Kutaragi, who forged ahead with the CD-ROM technology, leading to the original PlayStation (PSone) we know today, which launched in Japan in 1994 and cemented itself in video gaming history.

In-depth articles about the PlayStation's early history and Ken Kutaragi's involvement are available on IGN and Eurogamer.
Title: Re: A rare Nintendo/Sony Play Station was discovered
Post by: Paul2 on July 03, 2015, 03:31:55 PM
interesting read.  i just read it all and enjoy it.  would be nice if they also take a picture of the top view of the snes-psx.
Title: Re: A rare Nintendo/Sony Play Station was discovered
Post by: Titan on July 05, 2015, 08:49:42 AM
Here's a YouTube video from the owner.

Title: Re: A rare Nintendo/Sony Play Station was discovered
Post by: Paul2 on July 05, 2015, 06:31:42 PM
nice.  what i like most about the snes controller is that its light and the lightness feels just right on my hands.  but beside that, i find that the playstation controllers better.  its not as light as snes controller but the buttons feel very comfortable when pressing it.

late last year as i played old snes games, and after a few hours playing, my fingers sore a little bit.  while i can play for long hours after hours with the psone and ps2 controllers and my fingers still doesn't sore at all.  same with ps3 controllers but i think the l2 and r2 buttons are better on the psone and ps2 than on the ps3.  but they still feel very comfortable.  except the newer ps3 controllers feel a little cheap compare to the old ps3 controllers.

i remember playing final fantasy vii using psone and later ps2 and ps3 controllers for long hours as long as 7 to 8 hours straight with restroom breaks in between and my hands still feel fine.  same with spyro the dragon that i played recently and my hand still feels fine after playing the game for many hours using the ps3 controller.  while the snes controllers, after playing it for a few hours my fingers started to sore.