Photos Of Rare Sega Prototype "Pluto" Console Surface Online

by Matt Helgeson on Apr 18, 2013 at 03:54 PM

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 note)."

It's definitely a cool bit of previously unknown video game history.

Source: AssemblerGames via Destructoid