Nintendo PlayStation prototype goes up for auction with bids approaching $50K

Whereas Sony Interactive Entertainment typically finalizes a console's price in February of the release year, followed by mass production in the spring, Bloomberg reports the company is taking a wait-and-see approach with PlayStation 5. This particular unit is the only one known publicly to still exist. This is the same system that Benjamin Heckendorn (aka Ben Heck) nursed back to health in 2017. The console was created to play both standard SNES cartridge-based and CD-ROM games. However, that latter capability was never finished due to licensing issues, hence why the project was abandoned.

Auctioned at Heritage Auctions, the console is on the market for the next 22 days, and is now priced at $31,000.

But while the two were talking, prototype "Sony PlayStation SNES" hardware was being tested - and one such unit made headlines in 2015 after turning up, a little worn but still working.

This prototype features both a disc drive and a SNES game cartridge slot, and comes with a unique SNES controller which features Sony branding. Though the CD-ROM drive was not now working when it was found in 2009, it has since been repaired by Benjamin Heckendorn, a YouTube personality known for his console fix videos.

Numerous games launched for the PlayStation 5 will also be available to play on the predecessor machine, so revenue from software and related network services is expected to keep the business performance intact.

The prototype up for auction - said to be the last remaining in the world, with all others assumed destroyed - was once owned by the first CEO of Sony's games division, Olaf Olafsson. Olaf Olafsson. Olaf eventually left Sony to join Advanta Corporation, and became its president in 1998. Roughly around this time, Advanta filed for bankruptcy and began gathering up everything in their corporate office to sell at auction. "A nice Easter egg for the winning bidder, indeed!" This will be the first unreleased console to go up for auction. We have the feeling that this figure will skyrocket over the next three weeks.

Now, the Nintendo PlayStation is up for grabs and currently being auctioned off at Heritage Auctions. There is no telling how high the price will go for the Nintendo PlayStation but at the time of writing, the bidding sits at $48,000.