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Nintendo Playstation Sells For $360,000

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Heritage Auctions closed the bidding this morning on the Nintendo Playstation, one of the rarest and most significant items in all of video game history.

When the auction was launched over a month ago, the price rose quickly, but bidding slowed down during the last three weeks. Only one bid was placed on the final day, and it drove the final price to $360,000. While this sets a record for the biggest lump sum paid for a single video game artifact, it’s far below the projected millions its current owners assumed it would go for.

Even still, a six-figure price assured that only the rich could stay in the game. Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey openly admitted to being one of the top bids, with weird hopes of using it as part of a virtual museum. We don’t know who the winner was at this time, we just know it was not Luckey or he would be bragging this very second.

A refresher on what makes this prototype so valuable: Back when the Super Nintendo was a new product, its parent company was planning a CD drive add-on for the console, similar to the one Sega put out in 1992. They were working with Sony to make this happen, and as part of the deal, Sony would release their own CD/SNES hybrid console called the “Playstation.”

However, someone high up at Nintendo took a second look at the deal and didn’t like it, so the day after Sony announced their partnership, Nintendo announced a completely different CD add-on — manufactured by Phillps. Incensed by the betrayal, Sony decided to go it alone and released their own version of the Playstation, forever changing the video game landscape.

Depending on who won the bid war, the Nintendo Playstation may disappear at this point, never to be seen again. But the good news is that it’s already been thoroughly studied, examined, and photographed. Its drive was repaired by Ben Heck and its BIOS was dumped online. It has already given everything to the community it possibly could. Also, I got to touch it at PRGE.

Farewell, you weird electronic animal….may you finally find a home where you belong (preferably, someday, a museum).