It’s been more than a decade since Sega decided to quit the hardware business, but we’re still finding out interesting facts and tidbits about Sega’s old consoles. Today a former Sega employee gave the world its first look at the Sega Pluto, a cancelled console that combined the Sega Saturn and the Netlink adapter into one unit.
This rare look at one of Sega’s unreleased consoles comes from user Super Magnetic on the Assembler Games forums. He used to be an employee of Sega, and he managed to snag a prototype unit of the Pluto before he was let go. According to Super Magnetic, “Sega is a company with a history of turmoil. Employee turnover is a sad theme… As such, some of said treasures get left on laid-off-peoples’ desks. And in a beautiful twist of fate, this beauty ended up finding its way to my desk, and then in a box with the rest of my stuff when I left Sega.”
Despite the Pluto codename, the console is still branded with the Sega Saturn logo. The console has all the features of a standard Saturn — same amount of controller ports, the same type of CD drive, and the same connection and power slots in the back — except it also features a set of phone line ports for the system’s built-in dial-up modem. According to Super Magnetic, “This thing is a beast, and definitely the heaviest console I’ve ever held in my hands.”
Super Magnetic says that the Pluto he owns is only one of two prototypes ever made, so don’t expect to find this baby in some thrift store or swap meet. There’s not much use for the Saturn’s online capabilities now that SegaNet is gone, but the Pluto is still an interesting curio from the past. Given it’s rarity, Super Magnetic could certainly make a handsome amount of money if he ever decides to put the thing up on eBay.
You can view more pics of the Pluto over at Assembler Games.