A Reddit user on Friday posted pictures of a prototype Nintendo PlayStation that was a result of a joint venture between Sony and Nintendo in the early 90s. The prototype was created in 1990-91 as a disc-playing add-on for the Nintendo system.
However, the deal went awry as Nintendo partnered with Philips instead of Sony to create the add-on. It is rumored that Sony executive Ken Kutaragi went on to fund the PlayStation, without the help of Nintendo, and has developed into a leader in the console market. The Reddit user by the name Analogueboy posted the a set of high resolution pictures and a video, and has been confirmed by several tech sites.
Analogueboy claims that he discovered the console in his father’s “old stuff.” He added that his father worked with a man called Olaf, who had left behind the console during a visit to the house. However, it remains unclear if this Olaf was Olafur Johann Olafsson, the founder of Sony Interactive Entertainment, the gaming division of Sony. This device was not released, and was able to read CDs along with SNES cartridges.
“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 dad’s company went bankrupt, my dad found it in a box of ‘junk’ he was supposed to throw out.”
Though no official news was released, it was likely that the two companies had licensing disagreements that led to the cancellation. However, the prototype named “Play Station” was unveiled to the public in 1991 at the Consumer Electronic Show. This had indeed helped in the favor of Sony, which released its first CD-ROM PlayStation in 1994, and was redesigned as the PSone in 2000.
Nintendo faces tough competition from Sony’s console, which sold more than 100 million units, while Nintendo had sold only 32.9 million units worldwide. Ever since the original PlayStation was discontinued in 2006, the company released improved versions, namely, PlayStation in 2000, the PS3 in 2006, and the PS4 which was released in 2013. Several users are contacting the user for more information, and to establish its legitimacy.