Despite talk of it selling for millions of dollars the rarest console ever made has gone for less than many expected.
The world’s rarest, and most expensive, video game console now has a new owner, but they paid less than expected for it when the auction for the Nintendo Play Station ended this week.
Especially once Oculus VR creator Palmer Luckey entered the bidding, there was speculation that the console could sell for millions, but in the end it went for just $300,000 (£230,700) or rather $360,000 (£276,900) once all the auction house’s fees are added on.
The console had been owned for years by American Terry Diebold, who unknowingly bought it amongst a job lot of dinner plates and cutlery from defunct banking company Advanta… for only $75 (£57).
The connection with Sony and Nintendo is that ex-Sony exec Olaf Olaffson used to work at Advanta, and he seems to have taken the console with him to the new job, then presumably forgotten about it or not realised its importance.
The console is one of around 200 prototypes created in the mid-90s, when Sony was working with Nintendo to make a CD-ROM drive for the SNES.
Nintendo backed out of the deal at the last moment, once they realised how much intellectual copyright ownership they were signing over to Sony, and so the console never went any further than the prototypes.
Of course the general concept, and the name, was then used by Sony alone to create their first ever commercial video game console.
It’s more than possible that other prototypes have survived but this is the only one known to exist and be in private hands.
Whether Palmer Luckey won the auction is unknown, but he hasn’t mentioned anything about it again on Twitter and he doesn’t seem the type that would’ve kept quite about it if he had won.
When the console was in Diebold’s hands he used to tour it around fan conventions to show it off and prove it still worked and was able to play various SNES games, but it remains to be seen what the new owner will do with it.
There certainly doesn’t seem to be any sign a museum has bought it, which means the legend of the Nintendo Play Station will once again fade into history…
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