Walking back to the electronics section, I spied something - something blue. Closer inspection of this blue objected revealed that it was a Sony PlayStation.
Deep back in the catacombs of my mind, I recall hearing that blue units are different from the normal retail units. Supposedly, their debug consoles used by programmers. Once again, I crossed my fingers and flipped the unit over to peek at the labeling. Hand written on the bottom, it said "CPU-0, ROM 2.1" and on the label it had the words "Debugging Station, model # DTL-H1001". That clinched it, it's a debug unit alright. Next, I eyed the unit for flaws and a price tag. No flaws, but no price tag either. I took a peek at the other Sony PS unit on the shelf and it had a price tag of nine dollars and ninety-nine cents. That gave me a ballpark price range for what they might price it at when I check at the cashier counter. So off I went to the front. Waiting my way through a time consuming line, I finally handed the unit to the cashier and asked for a price check. She walked off to another area and returned, "Nine dollars and ninety-nine cents sir. Would you like it?" to which I replied with a straight face, "Yes please." Ah, sweet score!
While not the latest technology, the PS will play discs from any region, and will play pressed games or burned games from what I read. I shall play with it later on and determine if it works and what it's capabilities are. Overall, I'd say I fared out quite well.
Later this afternoon, I'll try to repair the SCSI CD-ROM case and see if my NeXTStation will recognize it. If it does, I'll try and load an OS onto the machine. It's been eight or nine months that I've waited to try and boot the machine, so I'm somewhat excited. Hopefully everything falls into place and I find myself booting up the NeXTStation for a bit of fun.