Nintendo SNES PlayStation finally uncovered! [READ THE FIRST POST BEFORE POSTING!]

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  1. Lenwë

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    Probably not. IMO it's a memory card.
     
  2. MattJ155

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    It's amazing to see this! I'd heard of the proposed console before, but I never knew there were units which had been produced. Hopefully we'll see some more uncovered at some point.
     
  3. LuigiBlood

    LuigiBlood SNES and 64DD Savior

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    It's supposed to be the System BIOS for the CD. It's supposed to have functions for CD access and stuff like that. There was a high quality magazine pic of the SNES Play Station, and the cartridge it had was named "SUPER DISC SYSTEM CARTRIDGE".
    http://media.edge-online.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/117/2009/04/PSNES.jpg
     
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  4. Punch

    Punch RIP AsssemblerGames, never forget.

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    Wow, thanks for coming at Assemblergames. I think that your pictures finally satisfied our wishes to see the SNES cd, and I'm sure that everyone is thankful for that, but if you can, please, try to at least create a ISO image of whatever disc it came with. It is most likely an old CDR and those are prone to stop working even when just sitting inside a drawer for years.
    Edit: I just hope it's not like a MO Disc...
     
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  5. Lenwë

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    The Add-on version works with the expansion port under the SNES + a cartridge containing the CD software and a secondary port to the CD Player (notice the wire coming out of the cartridge)

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    It's nonsense that an external cartridge is required to make the system to work instead of having all the hardware and BIOS built-in the console... And you cannot save your game progress on a CD ROM, it has to be done in the system's internal memory (if it has one) or a memory card.

    The device on the picture you posted looks like a mockup (the color PlayStation logo is a lousy sticker) and the flat cartridge could be the memory card, shaped to make the whole system look sleeker and probably prevent the user to insert it in a regular SNES and maybe damage it.

    Unfortunately, game saves in the 90's were made in RAM chips powered by a button cell and most of them are now worn out. If it's supposed to have demo game saves on this cartridge, they're probably lost forever :/
     
  6. LuigiBlood

    LuigiBlood SNES and 64DD Savior

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    Well, in that case, the Satellaview would have worked on its own. Except it doesn't, and I know that because I have it and there's no ROM on it.
    Also, remember the "SUPER DISC" logo:
    They worked on discs in a case with a chip that's supposed to do saving. There's even a patent for that (US5537389).
     
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  7. karsten

    karsten Member of The Cult Of Kefka

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    Take care of those too, they might be of historical value too.
     
  8. NintenFan

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    Japanese SNES PlayStation Trademark list
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    cudos to your dad Dnldbld !
    i would love to see that thing booting up :)
     
  10. HEX1GON

    HEX1GON FREEZE! Scumbag

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    Haha, so many claims of it being fake now. Many like to spread rumours...
     
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  11. jake74

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    Thank you Dnldbld, amazing to see these pics
     
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    Well now, that's a reason to return to the boards :)
     
  14. Lenwë

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    Nice pick, it looks like Sony's minidisc/UMD !

    However, I don't think such a player would be backward-compatible with regular audio CD and the SNES PlayStation is also an audio CD player. All other CD consoles (MegaCD, PSX, PS2, Saturn, Dreamcast, Gamecube, Xbox...) use regular CD/DVD and memory cards or an internal memory for game saves.

    It's fake, it's 3D printed LOL

    Dude, this is GOLD ! It says Nintendo uses CD-XA format which is the actual CD ROM format used by PCs. It means they can be dumped using a regular PC without requiring additional hardware or software.
     
  15. LuigiBlood

    LuigiBlood SNES and 64DD Savior

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    Well, who knows. They maybe worked on a design that can work with both. That's not entirely impossible.
     
  16. Lenwë

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    The machine seems to have a tray loading system and I can barely figure out how this can be possible but why not.
     
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    HEX1GON FREEZE! Scumbag

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    When it gets cheap enough, I'm sure many will create fake prototypes for munny.
     
  18. karsten

    karsten Member of The Cult Of Kefka

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    It was using cd-rom XA standard so... Also it has all controls for audio playing on the top of the machine.
     
  19. Stupid Dufus

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    Interesting to note from the manual linked above:


    Does the CD Dnldbld has indeed have the CD in a cartridge with the RAM?
    If so, hopefully it can be removed from the case for archival purposes without destroying the cartridge.
     
  20. Punch

    Punch RIP AsssemblerGames, never forget.

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    I think that the Ideal course of action would be to find out how the system works and program a cartridge to dump the disc directly from its drive, kinda like the 64dd if I recall correctly. Opening the enclosure might be too risky.
    Actually I hope the dev discs are just plain cdrs -- much easier to write and read in regular equipment. It just doesnt make sense to have expensive hardware for their proprietary discs at that stage. Or maybe a double sided cdr enclosed in an open-able or mockup case.
     

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