Super Nintendo PlayStation SNES-CD Prototype Finally Revealed

SNES-CD-PrototypeAlthough it’s been a long wait, further details and photographs of the infamous Super Nintendo SNES-CD / PlayStation prototype hardware have finally been revealed. Having taken the unit to the Retro.HK Expo for display, its owner has not only shown off the system’s insides and inner workings, but also found time for a quick round of Street Fighter II on the console too.

The most interesting aspect of this big reveal is that the CD-Rom drive and firmware behind it appears to be intact. Upon booting up the console without a Super Nintendo cartridge inserted, you’ll be shown an equivalent to the Sega Mega CD’s ‘Please Insert Disc’ screen. That said, it has been reported that the accompanying cartridge which contains the CD-Rom BIOS is faulty. Whether this is down to a software or hardware fault is yet to be confirmed.

This incredible discovery has been detailed at length over at HKGolden.com. Their report on the device features a wealth of photography showcasing the console. The more and more you look, the more fascinating it gets - as this is without a doubt the real deal. Fans of the Super Nintendo elsewhere have been examining the console’s mainboard too. Their inspections are suggesting that this CD-Rom enhancement offers no additional processing power to the console, meaning it’s nothing more than a Super Nintendo with a CD-Rom drive. Nevertheless it leaves us wondering what games and multimedia experiences we would have been enjoying had this ever seen the light of day.

Super Nintendo SNES-CD / PlayStation Prototype Gallery

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SNES-CD-Control-Pad

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SNES-CD-Inside

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SNES-CD-Street-Fighter

Source: Super Nintendo SNES-CD / PlayStation Prototype Reveal At HKGolden.com


Last Updated ( 06 November 2015 )  

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(Link to this comment) rolenta 2015-11-06 16:12
This is the Play Station, the stand-alone console that would have played both Super Famicom CD games and cartridges. It is not the CD add-on to the Super Famicom / SNES

Leonard Herman
Author: Phoenix IV: The History of the Videogame Industry
+1 (Link to this comment) sdekaar 2015-11-08 21:06
the additional processing power to the console is possible with cartridge port like the pce cdrom² and his system card (supercdrom²,ar cad card).
(Link to this comment) GuyFawkesRetro 2015-11-09 15:20
Honestly, why Hong Kong.
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