Game console exists as far back as the 60s, but it was only in the 1980s that the competition got really heated up. The competition continued into the 1990s, which saw Sega and Nintendo dominating the market. However, unbeknownst to many, during that time Japanese electronic giant, Sony was toying with the idea of a game console too. It started by striking a deal with Nintendo to add CD capabilities to the then-hot Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and Sony itself will design and produce a separate console that will play SNES cartridge games and titles for the SNES CD called Play Station (note: two separate words).

Apparently, Sony would have the rights and licenses to the game titles as part of the deal, which obviously, Nintendo weren’t too amused. This prompted Nintendo to seek for a greener pasture and that fresh green patch was Philips, Sony’s major competitor, who had then developed a CD-based gaming system. As the story went, the deal turned sour and Sony unveiled a prototype Play Station at CES in the same year. Anyways, the Nintendo-ish ‘Play Station’ you see here was the Play Station we talked about. For console gaming fans, this is like the stuff of legend.

The legendary console was uncovered by Reddit user Analogueboy who said he found it in his dad’s junk. As it turns out, his dad used to worked with a dude name Olaf who used to work at Nintendo. Apparently, when his dad’s company went bust and this game console relic was found in a box that was destined for the trash. But is this the real deal? According to Assembler Games forum, where the now-owner of the game console world’s gem details about the finding, this is as real as it gets. Then again, we will never know until someone from either of the company involved speaks out. And how the heck did this thing end up in the U.S. anyways?

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If you are up for it, you can catch YouTuber Silver Mongoose relating the SNES CD story in the embedded video below.

Assembler Games via Engadget

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