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The “Nintendo PlayStation” prototype has been restored

We all know that Nintendo and Sony have been rivals in the video game industry for over two decades. However, this wasn’t always the case. 

Actually in the early 90’s, the two companies were working on a Super Nintendo that could play CD-Rom games. This deal never came to fruition, leading Sony to go off and this led to creation of the first PlayStation. 

The “Nintendo PlayStation” was all but a myth until 2015, when a prototype device was discovered. Here take a look at this legendary gaming console yourself.

When he got the protoype console, it was only able to play Super Nintendo games via the cartridge slot. Unfortunately, it could not run any CD-Roms. 

Now, modder Ben Heckendorn recently released a video where he demonstrates how he got the system to play CD-Roms. He was able to do this by replacing capacitors and making other modifications. Just like everyone else he was also surprised when he finally got it working.

Though the Nintendo PlayStation can now play CDs, running CD-Roms and playing games isn’t as straight forward. Since the machine never made it past the prototype stage, there weren’t any games actually made for it. This isn’t to say that companies weren’t developing titles for the console. However, like the device itself, these games were never completed and scrapped.

Heckendorn sent video of a homebrew game called Magic Floor to its developer. The dev saw what needed to be fixed and sent a modified version to Heckendorn. This time, Magic Floor ran flawlessly. Now that the system’s hardware has been restored, modders have a better chance of making games that run perfectly.

Obviously, no major game publisher is going to develop any game for this device. However, since the Nintendo PlayStation is now running perfectly, it’s possible some modders could make their own version of the system. Or at the very least, just create some homebrew games for this legendary console. Probably we can see someone porting some games for this console for us to see. 

Either way, we should thank Ben Heckerson for restoring a piece of video game history.


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