Sony and Nintendo, Together At Last
You may not realize this, but there was a time long before the console wars. Before Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft were all at odds trying to sell different video game consoles to the same people, some of them were working together. Back in 1988, Sony and Nintendo partnered up in the hopes of creating an add-on to the upcoming Super Nintendo Entertainment System, perhaps more famously known as the SNES. The prototype would eventually be used by Sony to help create the first Playstation console. These prototypes have not been seen for years, but recently resurfaced when a user on Imgur found one in a junk pile, and posted it to Reddit.
Nintendo Playstation found in 2015 in house? How Does That Happen?
Seriously, how does an incredibly rare Nintendo Playstation prototype just magically appear in a person’s house? The odds of that happening are astronomical! The man, Imgur user DanDiebold, said simply that when his dad’s company went bankrupt, he found the Playstation prototype in a junk pile to be thrown out. He also attributes this to his dad’s stories of a man he worked with named Olaf who used to work at Nintendo. Others have noted that the mysterious “Olaf” could be Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson, maybe better known as the co-founder of Sony Interactive Entertainment, a unit of the whole Sony corporation. Coincidence? Probably, but who knows?
What’s the Story of the nintendo playstation Prototype?
The reason Sony and Nintendo partnered up was in the hopes of successfully creating a CD-based add-on to the SNES. Three years after work began, Sony took their Nintendo Playstation prototype to the 1991 Consumer Electronics Show. Whether it was received well or not turned out to be irrelevant, as Nintendo pushed Sony out of the project literally the day after the prototype reveal. They instead decided to partner with Philips for CD-based technology and scrapped Sony’s part. Sony found success improving upon the prototype and making the Playstation. Karma was not kind to Nintendo, though: Philips and Nintendo never actually released a CD expansion for the SNES, and the Philips CD-i console was such a disaster that Philips ran screaming from the video game industry.