Former Sega employee reveals Sega Pluto prototype

Unreleased machine is a Sega Saturn with Netlink modem built into the device; still in working order.

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An alleged former Sega employee under the online handle "Super Magnetic" has posted pictures of an unreleased Sega console on the Assembler Games forum.

A picture of the Sega Pluto prototype by forum member Super Magnetic (image credit: Assembler Gamer)

The post states that the device is called the Sega Pluto, which is a Sega Saturn console with a Netlink modem built into the system. The system weighs in at 2.8kg and has two controller ports, a flip-top drive bay, and a cart slot. The machine has the Sega Saturn logo on top of it, which could infer that the device was to be marketed as a new SKU for the Sega Saturn.

According to the forum member, there are only two known prototypes of the hardware in existence. The device the forum member is currently holding is in working order and can play NTSC US Sega Saturn games. The Netlink modem was compatible with a number of Sega Saturn titles like Saturn Bomberman and Virtual-On.

Discussion

274 comments
topherlee94
topherlee94

The saddest thing about this is that Sega had such a ridiculous fanbase at the time and unlike Sony, they had a solid identity as a game designer not just hardware company, much like Nintendo. They managed to take many more chances than Nintendo but somehow managed to make all the wrong moves at all the wrong times. I felt their brilliance to be WAY beyond Nintendo's (Miyamoto being the exception there, even Sega couldn't trump him). Microsoft, from a hardware standpoint sort of filled Sega's void but not quite in the way that they should have. I wonder what would have happened had they made a few of their decisions differently (i.e. not adding a better color palette to the Mega/Sega CD, releasing the 32x rather than just having fans wait for Saturn, not releasing the Saturn 4 months early and screwing over retailers, et al)

Shewgenja
Shewgenja

What I would give to have Sega take the place of Microsoft next-gen..  We really all should have bought Dreamcasts..  Screw EA.

MaskRisen
MaskRisen

Bring back Dreamcast.

Sega pls :(

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

Ooh, wow.  I need to go change my pants.  That's seriously some awesome stuff.

THE_DRUGGIE
THE_DRUGGIE

Haha, I actually got a Saturn a little while ago. All the guy needs is to get an Action Replay so he can break the region lock.

dalua360
dalua360

WTF ? WTF ? what....wh... why ? why ? Can someone tell me what's going on ?

Enforcer246
Enforcer246

Fuck, this had me excited because I thought it was a new Sega console.

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

I wish they would come back into the console mix, but I know that this is pretty much never going to happen....well unless I hit the lottery....just think about it....

jayjay444
jayjay444

I miss my Sega mega drive, I still have it and it still works to this day, Sega really did make amazing consoles, god I feel old lol. 

Cuthbert1970
Cuthbert1970

I used to own a modded Saturn (played North American and Japanese titles) and I really got a ton of play out of that console.. easily spent hundreds of hours on Virtua Fighter 2, not to mention countless other hours spent playing the other games.

That Pluto is going to be worth a damn fortune one day, if it isn't already. 

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

I want one of these!!! I have a Japanese Saturn and the Netlink and Virtual On and Daytona netlink and Sega Rally netlink ahhhh SEEEGGAAA, Sony PlayStation forever!!

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Sega Rally Championship NetLink Eddition!!!! FTW 

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

I just want more Saturn HD remakes.  That is all.  

baxwam
baxwam

DAYTONAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PlayStation4k
PlayStation4k

Even better I wish they would come out with a Sega Legacy console that could play Genesis, 32x, Sega CD, Saturn, Dreamcast, and then Just BluRay and DVD for good measure all with an HDMI our and high speed Broadband modem. just a dream.

PlayStation4k
PlayStation4k

I wish the companies would re-release them as collector editions just like they came back in the day. I'd re-buy a Saturn, Genesis with Sega CD and 32X, and Dreamcast. It'd be fun to have a brand new version to get me a few more years out of them.

Tzap
Tzap

Dude! I want one! My Saturn is still is in working order, but it's burned through a memory cart and the disc drive bay is starting to act funky. Then again, can I count on my xbox + ps3 to work 15 years from now though? Not likely

DrKill09
DrKill09

Wrong.  It had it's chance.  It failed. 


This was in response to the 3DS.  Why the hell do my comments keep ending up on the wrong fucking topic.  This new site design sucks, Gamespot.


I love the fucking Saturn.

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

SEGA has also developed their own version of UMD called "POD" "Portable Orbi Disc" disc. The format will act as the ROMs for most  RingWide/Sega Pod retail games. They use the redbooking of HDDVD and GD-ROM.

The discs will carry 32GBs single layer and 64GB dual layer.

Due to lower budgets and lower development costs, games will retail for $30-45(built in DLC wil vary).


The hybrid's main CPU will like Saturn and Dreamcast before, RISC SH ARM32 based. The SH-12 "Sakura" is produced in house in Japan by Hitachi/Renasas. Due to the  2011 Tsunami, the SH-12's first prototype CPU suffered a minor shortage in Early 2012. The CPU is similar to Intel Power i7 Sandy Bridge E, but budgetary and lower cost,lower wattage and lower fabrication and will use 16GBs of GDDR4. RingEdge 2 is ARM64 based with 6 cores and uses 12GBs of GDDR5 RAM.

The main GPU will be closer to that in power and performance to the Nvidia GeForce 580 GTX. 


RingEdge 2's main GPU is a dual GeForce 580 which is designed to run similar to a maxed out 640 GTX. The main difference between Sega Pod/Ring Wide and RE2 is that the tablet console will average the graphical performance of a 560 GTX.



atlanticmoon
atlanticmoon

The Dreamcast was just too advanced for the times, and now a days, that's what people want. I too wish Sega would once again join the console market. I'm sure whatever they'd present would be much better than the what I've seen and heard so far. 

Randy21021
Randy21021

SEGA please save the real gaming Consoles, this generation is all about socialism and Online 27/7 please bring us back Gaming!

topherlee94
topherlee94

@Shewgenja It still bugs me that DC was the most successful video game console launch in history to that point and STILL managed to remain an underdog and took less time than the Saturn to be abandoned. If many people had gotten to play it as I was lucky enough to have experienced it, maybe it would have had the support that the PS2 got.

topherlee94
topherlee94

@MaskRisen So, let's see, you want Sega to bring back a machine they announced they were discontinuing making games for 12 years ago? Wouldn't you rather they produced something new that could recapture their previous glory? :)

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@Killer6b9 Considering they grossly mis-manage their software titles, I wouldn't hold out much hope for any Sega console succeeding in today's market.

 Longing for the glory days never got anyone anywhere.

topherlee94
topherlee94

@PlayStation4k Part of me thinks the same but then I realize how far gaming has evolved since. That genie cannot be placed back in its bottle either. IMHO Sega should instead mine their legacy as third party content and enhance their older titles on existing hardware, as well as take chances to create new IPs. Looks to me like they are taking some queues from Capcom on remaking Castle of Illusion. Everything I loved about my Saturn has oddly enough, been surpassed by my X-Boxes. I'd rather get their best regardless of the hardware its on and not have to choose between them and Nintendo, Sony or MS.


Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

@Tzap 15 years from now, both your Xbox and PS3 will be broken and unusable, meanwhile the Sega consoles from 15 years ago will still be in good shape.

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

@Tzap  I've had my US Saturn for 16 years now. CD door is bent, and the Cartridge slot is acting odd, but it STILL works fine.

dalua360
dalua360

@LindBergh2007 To complete your troll with excellence, you couldn't drop the ball with the 580 GTX, you should go straight with a quad NVIDIA TITAN

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

@atlanticmoon Not just the Dreamcast, but all of their consoles were advanced. Look at the Game Gear. It took Nintendo until 2003 with the GBA SP before they finally caught up to the technology. They had the Nomad, which allowed you to play Genesis games on the go, basically what Sony is now doing with the Vita.


I miss Sega consoles, I would really get a new Sega console if they released one, if only their games were as good as they used to be.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

@atlanticmoon Dreamcast PSO, Sonic Adventure, House of The Dead, American Pro Trucker, Seaman.

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

@Randy21021  SEGA is planning to launch a high end/low cost Tablet based console called "Sega Pod" or "Sega Ringwide"(The RingWide Arcade board has been retired) as soon as SegaSammy re-organizes in the first half of 2013. They are transitioning away from 3rd party retail publishing and planning to form a new hardware division called "SEC" with Toshiba and Apple.

SEGA's platform will be mostly F2P digital download content, Offline DRM, and optical media that will be cheap to produce, and will LOWER the budget and costs of mainstream games. Retail games will no longer be $60-70.

The Tablet project codenamed "Gamus Vision" has been under top secret development since March 2009 and its chipset was finalized in September 2011 and the prototype was built early last year. The New RingEdge 2 Arcade machine will be the higher end version of the Tablet. Nvidia and Image Tech are providing the GPU and VDP. The tablet will be capable of fully utilized UE3,basic UE4  and DX11 like PS4 and Xbox Next.

Sega is also been planning a 512-bit Ray Tracing, full UE4 based game console codenamed "Phyzercast/Athena", which has been secretly in development since September 2009, SEGA completed development of this product last summer. The console will use completely new and experimental PC tech and will run on s BRAND NEW Optical media format called "OVD" Orbi Versatile Disc" which SEGA and Toshiba have been  developing since mid 2008.

OldKye
OldKye

@topherlee94 @MaskRisen Yeah but bring back the games too lol I also want a memory card/giga pet again that was addictive lol.

dalua360
dalua360

@Saketume @dalua360 

And let me guess, there is a community of enthusiasts for these things? Nothing wrong with it, I can respect this !

Saketume
Saketume

@Mr_Big_Boss

Hmm do they have batteries in them? Leaking internal clock batteries has been the death of many old motherboards. Maybe I should check on my Dreamcast and PS2.

topherlee94
topherlee94

@OldKye @topherlee94 @MaskRisen Ok point taken. I really loved my DC. I just think that gaming has evolved so much since then. We can now download games more advanced than DC stuff some of which are HD versions of DC games.

OldKye
OldKye

@dalua360 @Saketume Sega has a long history of releasing hardware that's well before it's time... and also before anyone wants to buy it lol.

Take the Sega Game Gear for example it came out with the first Gameboy(the one that had blurred black and white graphics and needed 6 battery's).  The Sega Game Gear had full color and the same graphics as their full sized system but they just couldn't sell the thing.

So basically everything Sega made is cool but buggy and not well sold and people like to collect/gawk at it since it's out of the consul business now.(it's kinda like finding a steam car made by ford or something)

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

@Sphensen @LindBergh2007 @Randy21021  SEGA's finances have completely turned around during the past 5 years. Right now, they are one of the few Japanese game companies that's posting profits and revenue. Even Sony is making less profit than Sega now days.(They are bleeding massive operating losses in the core markets and Playstation is not making them enough to sustain them.)

SEGA's financial state has gotten STRONGER than Sony and many game publishers.

There's a reason why their publishing less and less games for Sony and Nintendo platforms.