This Extremely Rare Nintendo PlayStation Prototype Is About to Be Auctioned Off for Big Money

Courtesy of Heritage Auctions,
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

One of the greatest near-misses in video game history was the proposed collaboration between Nintendo and Sony on a state-of-the-art console in the late 1980s that was dubbed the Nintendo PlayStation. The device would have used CD-ROMs in addition to cartridges for game software, promising a more advanced experience than Nintendo’s trademark system of the era, the Super Nintendo.

It never came to pass, but now video game collectors will have a chance to own a very rare prototype of the system. Heritage Auctions is set to offer the Nintendo PlayStation hardware to the highest bidder in March 2020.

The partnership came about after a Sony Computer Entertainment engineer named Ken Kutaragi designed the sound chip used in the Super Nintendo. That led to the companies discussing a disc-based Super Nintendo system, with a couple hundred prototypes made.

The deal fell apart, however, over money issues. Nintendo subsequently blindsided Sony by announcing a CD-ROM partnership with Philips—which also fell flat—just a day after Sony announced the console, stylized as “Play Station,” at the Consumer Electronics Show in 1991.

Courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

The systems were relegated to video game myth for decades until a console eventually surfaced in 2015. Advanta Corporation, which counted former Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Olaf Olafsson among its board members, went bankrupt in 2009 and auctioned off items. Terry Diebold, an employee of Advanta, purchased several boxes of material and was surprised to find the Nintendo PlayStation among the contents, a likely result of Olafsson keeping some of his personal effects at company property.

It was Terry’s son, Dan, who identified the console as being the product of the Sony and Nintendo collaboration. Dan posted images on Reddit in 2015 and was met with some skepticism. That same year, the two traveled to Hong Kong for a video game expo where they powered on the machine and demonstrated that it still worked. (While no CD-ROMs were made for the system, the drive has been fixed so it works, and the device can also play Super Nintendo cartridges.)

After touring with it over the past several years, Terry and Dan Diebold have decided to part with it. The unit is thought to be the only one of its kind, with the rest having been destroyed following the dissolution of the Sony and Nintendo partnership. The machine will go up for auction between March 5 and 7, 2020, with online bids accepted beginning February 14.

Heritage says they don’t yet have a pre-auction estimate of its value, but game collectors aren’t shy about spending when it comes to rare items: Heritage sold a rare Mega Man cartridge for $75,000 in November. The Nintendo PlayStation system has already received an offer of $1.2 million from a collector in Norway, making it likely that the once-promising partnership between the tech giants will be highly profitable after all—for Terry Diebold, anyway.

[h/t Polygon]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

Stock Catalog, Flickr // CC BY 2.0
Stock Catalog, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

Sign Up Today: Get exclusive deals, product news, reviews, and more with the Mental Floss Smart Shopping newsletter!

Hold High-Quality Zoom Meetings and Video Streams With the Logitech C922x Webcam


This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. If you haven't received your voucher or have a question about your order, contact the Mental Floss shop here.

The year of social distancing has brought everything from college courses to Thanksgiving dinner to a webcam stream, but not all cameras are created equal—most of the time, there’s one lagging video participant who is always blurry and frozen. You can avoid being that person with this Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam, which is 30 percent off today.

This webcam is designed for content streaming and broadcasting, so it's built with a full HD lens that records at 30 frames per second to eliminate lagging frames during fast movement or games. It also has an autofocus feature to optimize lighting and two integrated microphones with noise reduction. All of these features are in one compact device that can automatically improve your picture and audio without you doing a thing.

The Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam is also perfect for gaming streams on sites like Twitch and YouTube—so much so that it even comes with a free six-month Xsplit license, which will help you control the various aspects of your broadcast like sound levels, text overlays, music, graphics, and lighting. You’ll be able to record, edit, and broadcast your stream with professional quality.

Whether you need a better quality picture for weekly check-ins with your boss or a higher frame rate for capturing gaming, the Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam can help with tons of features, a free six-month Xsplit license, and a 30 percent discount today, bringing the final price down to $140.

Prices subject to change.

Sign Up Today: Get exclusive deals, product news, reviews, and more with the Mental Floss Smart Shopping newsletter!