The Sony Playstation’s early history is marked by a failed collaboration with Nintendo to create an SNES with a CD-ROM drive. The fallout from Nintendo’s deal with Philips led Sony to pursue its own console line, eventually resulting in the iconic Playstation. While only a few prototypes of the original “Play Station” were produced, they are now considered valuable collector’s items. James didn’t have one of these rare prototypes but decided to create a unique console by combining half of a Playstation and an SNES shell.
To resurrect the Sony component, James replaced the infamous melted Playstation CD-ROM drive, a common issue with these consoles. The console-modding process involves some intense cutting, with an angle grinder making bold appearances. The Nintendo switch, carrying mains voltage, is a concern, but the Playstation expansion connector is removed. The Nintendo eject button is repurposed to operate the Playstation door open button when pressed. The board’s mod chip is highlighted during the assembly.
The final creation comes together with liberal use of hot glue and more angle grinder action, leaving only the drive in need of repair. A sizable drill is used, followed by more hot glue, and the drive is vertically mounted on top of the unit. The console, assembled from essentially scrap parts, is a one-of-a-kind creation with a humorous touch. However, considering Sony’s historical sensitivity to unauthorized use of its designs, it’s suggested that the unique console might attract legal attention from the company’s lawyers. Why not try and create something even more retro than the Playstation in this article with some Picades.