Back in December, news of the Nintendo PlayStation prototype going up for auction surfaced. And last month, before the live bidding started, it already got offers as high as US$350000 (~RM1.47 million). At the conclusion of the auction, the prototype was ultimately sold for US$360000 (~RM1.51 million).
The person who ultimately bought the prototype Nintendo PlayStation was Greg McLemore, who founded Pets.com and Toys.com. He says it was “the single most expensive thing I’ve bought outside of a house”. He believes it was still a great deal, well worth the price for a piece of gaming history.
McLemore said he’ll put up the Nintendo PlayStation prototype up in exhibitions in the near future. According to CNN, he is working with the USC Pacific Asia Museum in the US on an interactive gaming exhibition. He will consider opening a permanent museum for it depending on if the exhibitions go well.
Ultimately, if you compare the final sale price of the Nintendo PlayStation prototype and the initial US$1.2 million (~RM5.04 million), maybe it was a good deal after all. But from the seller’s perspective, that’s quite the loss for Terry Diebold, the person who put the prototype up for auction.
CNN also has a brief history of the prototype in its report linked below. If you’re interested, you can go and give it a read.