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A former Sega employee has revealed photos of
rare Saturn variant prototype console that was codenamed "Pluto."
The shots came from a poster on the AssemblerGames
forums, a former Sega employee who now lives in Japan. The shots are of what he
believes to be only one of two "Pluto" consoles that were made during his time
at the company. As you can see from the shots, the Pluto was a prototype version
of the Saturn with a built-in Netlink ports. He presumes that "Pluto" was just
a codename for the project and it was - as the pictures suggest - to be sold
under the Saturn brand name.
He writes in his original post: "This thing
is a beast, and definitely the heaviest console I've ever held in my hands. The
front features two controller ports, and on top you have a flip-top drive bay,
a cart slot, a Power button, and the venerable Reset button. Note that the logo
still says Saturn, so I'm guessing the Pluto codename was simply that, and they
were thinking of branding it with the Saturn name. (The logo is printed on
production-style though, so I'm guessing they were fairly serious about this
one.) The left and right sides feature beautiful-and-exotic vents, while the
back is standard Saturn, save for the Netlink ports. The bottom has nothing of
note except for the "PLUTO-02" sticker (which is, of course, of
definitely a cool bit of previously unknown video game history.
Source: AssemblerGames via Destructoid
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