After months of anticipation, the folks who found that PlayStation prototype from Sony and Nintendo have finally put the system through a rigorous test of authenticity: playing Street Fighter 2 on it. Though it was in amazingly good condition for having sat in warehouses and attics for years, the prototype didn't come with a power cord, and was only demonstrated powered off - which opened it up to some skepticism.
Fortunately, Dan and Terry Diebold managed to find the proper cable since July, and now the proof is in the yellowed plastic: the attendees of the Retro.HK convention in Hong Kong got to see the console powered on themselves, and you can click through the gallery above for the next best thing from HKGolden. Apparently that mysterious cartridge which came with the system doesn't work, and the disc drive appears to be similarly non-functional, so at the moment it's more or less an extremely limited-edition Super Famicom.
The Diebolds told Engadget that it looks like the disc drive may have been disabled on purpose (which could explain why it wasn't destroyed with the rest of the aborted collaboration's prototypes). Thankfully, retro console restoration Top Men are still working to see if there's any hope of re-enabling it.
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