The recently unearthed Nintendo PlayStation prototype has had quite a journey since it was discovered but the good news is that it is now finally working in its entirety.
Due to the tireless efforts of Ben Heck, the Nintendo PlayStation prototype now not only plays old SNES games but also loads games from the CD-ROM drive.
Previously, Heck managed to get the SNES portion of the console working but the CD-ROM drive had eluded him.
However, in a new attempt (shown below) he manages to bring the CD-ROM to life and it seems that this prototype console is now fully functional.
The story of the Nintendo PlayStation is pretty legendary, as it was Nintendo’s attempt to get in on the disc based media console race. What with Sega releasing its own Mega-CD, Nintendo rushed to meet that challenge and partnered with Sony in the process.
Unfortunately, Nintendo decided to drop their partnership with Sony due to the revenue share. This in turn incensed Sony to take on Nintendo and make a console of its own. Thus the first PlayStation was born and Nintendo has likely rued that day ever since.
So this console prototype is a fascinating relic that in turn was responsible for Sony entering the gaming business and subsequently dominating the market.
The fascinating thing here is that it was assumed all the prototypes had been destroyed, so the fact this console has been unearthed after all this time is hugely important in regards to gaming history. Who knows, now that it is finally working maybe we can learn more of its secrets.