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    Default Game Console Prototypes

    This thread is for prototypes of released and unreleased consoles, as well as console add-ons.

    Also for artist's conceptions, mock-ups, and fakes of any real or rumored console.


    Prototype Super Famicom, 1988




    16-bit Sony/Nintendo PlayStation, 1988-1991
    (it's a Super Famicom/SNES w/built in CD-ROM)


    32-bit Nintendo Disc aka Philips CD-ROM XA, 1992-1993
    (CD-ROM add-on for Super Famicom/SNES)




    NEC-HUDSON 32-bit IronMan aka Project Tetsujin, 1992
    (forerunner of the PC-FX)









    concept Sega Saturn, 1993



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    To my knowledge, this is the only known image of this version of the Taito Wow-Wow.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupin View Post
    To my knowledge, this is the only known image of this version of the Taito Wow-Wow.


    That was a nice looking 16-bit console, thanks.

    Here's another small pic:

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    There's an entire section of a site devoted to this.

    http://ultimateconsoledatabase.com/unreleased.htm

    Very interesting read, I especially like the article on the Camerica Express.

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    Nintendo AVS (Advanced Video System), 1984
    (American version of Famicom redesigned into a computer/console before NES was made)



    Sega Black Belt, 1997
    (Sega of America designed console with 3Dfx graphics, was canceled in favor of Katana which became Dreamcast)



    artist's concept of PlayStation2, 1998



    3DO M2 upgrade, 1995.
    Matsushita/Panasonic and Goldstar M2 consoles, 1995-1998




    Panasonic


    Goldstar


    Panasonic


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    Katana / Dreamcast prototypes

















    Dreamcast controller prototypes



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    God, I love these kind of pictures.

    Never seen that Dreamcast proto joypad before. I cannot believe how much it reminds of the Wii controller!
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    The Goldstar M2 console's joypad sure does look like the Amiga CD32's controller.

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    I am quite partial to prototype shots and also well done concepts/fakes. I did have loads of PS2 concept designs around somewhere. None of them were official but a couple were definitely cool looking and quite feasible.

    I think the PS2 concepts are in same place as all the Dreamcast ones. I have most of those pictures plus the Swatch Beat peripheral, Zip drive etc.



    I've seen an non-colored line drawing of this before, but this is the only pic I could easily find. Definitely very cool.

    EDIT: Whilst we're at it then:

    Megadrive Floppy Drive, Keyboard and Touch Pad


    Master System Floppy Drive


    And there's some pictures of PC Engine stuff over on NFG. In fact, doesn't Adol have a Tsushin Booster for the PC Engine?

    If you have a look around the interweb you should be able to find some of the crazy Jaguar prototypes: VR helmets, Modems, JagDuos etc.
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    saw the neostar recently and the dreamcast controllers awhile back. Nintendo isn't as original as everyone thinks.

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    i have a rather popular proto picture of the DS. if i find it i will show it.

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    wasnt there a website/forum dedicated to protos etc? i forget the name. the owner has one of hte biggest collections ever.

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    you mean Assembler?
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    redesigned 8-bit Famicom, 1988
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    Regarding the SNES CD-ROM, there were at least three completely
    different, seperate systems / formats:



    1.) 16-bit Sony-Nintendo Play Station (1988-1991).
    There was both an add-on and a standalone combined all-in-one console, which I posted in my OP.
    2.) 16-bit Phillips CD-ROM (1991), an add-on only
    3.) 32-bit Nintendo Disc / Philips CD-ROM XA (1992).
    Sony was involved with this also. An add-on only (also in my OP)

    There also seems to be various prototypes/mockups of each thus, it gets confusing!

    prototype of the 16-bit Sony Play Station SNES CD-ROM addon.









    patent of the 16-bit Sony/Nintendo Play Station combined standalone unit.




    mock-up of the 32-bit Nintendo Disc



    early EGM article on (i think) the 32-bit Nintendo Disk CD-ROM


    another early EGM article, definitely on 32-bit Nintendo Disc


    later EGM article on 32-bit Nintendo Disc


    EGM article on Nintendo Disk years after it was canceled
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    Quote Originally Posted by parallaxscroll View Post
    Here's a prototype of one of the SNES CD-ROM addons,
    I do not know which of the 3 formats this is...

    It looks like someone was beaten to death for/with that one or something - is that blood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skaar View Post
    It looks like someone was beaten to death for/with that one or something - is that blood?
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    The prototype SNES CD unit (the one with the red stuff) is the Sony version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skaar View Post
    It looks like someone was beaten to death for/with that one or something - is that blood?
    yeah I know, lol

    Quote Originally Posted by dr101z View Post
    The prototype SNES CD unit (the one with the red stuff) is the Sony version.

    okay cool, i wasn't really sure.

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    People don't often show handheld protos so here are a couple of Sega handheld prototypes I have.










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    BuyAtari, very cool protos... do you have any background info on those?

    Also, was almost expecting you to chime in re the SNES CD judging from that semi-controversial thread on assemblergames' forum
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    Early version of the PS-X / PS1 / PlayStation on the left
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    not the full image,but what it was gonna look like. (Playstation 3)
    I can confirm this image, due to I read in PSM magazine along time ago what it was going to include and this is it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poloplayr View Post
    BuyAtari, very cool protos... do you have any background info on those?

    Also, was almost expecting you to chime in re the SNES CD judging from that semi-controversial thread on assemblergames' forum
    I got them from Clint Dyer an old time big handheld collector he used to work at Sega. They were rescued from the trash.

    I've said all I have to say about the SNES CD. There are far too many "experts" and in the end people can and will believe what they want to.

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