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    Took some pictures of the Nintendo AVS while I was out yesterday:
    http://superiorversion.com/?p=103

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    I would very much like to see if there are any existing prototypes of the
    NEC / Hudson 16-bit PC Engine 2 and the Namco 16-bit Super System,
    regardless whether they were different, seperate machines, or, if they were
    one and the same....











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    Quote Originally Posted by Moon Jump View Post
    The Nintendo AVS is in the display case upstairs at Nintendo World in NYC. I have better pictures of the keyboard and the card with the info, but here's pictures of the unit and the joystick. They also have the pads (Wireless) in the display case too.



    The Tape Player looks like a Slim PS2

    I Like the AVS Prototype

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    I remember reading in PSM back in 2000 about the Xbox when it was first announced. They said Microsoft had a prototype of it at E3, and that it was shaped like an X. Here's what I found:



    I've never seen that particular picture before, but it looks like the one in PSM. Anyone know if that's right? Also, if that PSP prototype is real, then it looks 1000x better than what we got. On the other hand, it looks like it would be uncomfortable to play on.
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    those giant x things are just PCs in a big aluminum shell. They cost about $10,000 each to make. There were roughly 6 of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cinder6 View Post
    I remember reading in PSM back in 2000 about the Xbox when it was first announced. They said Microsoft had a prototype of it at E3, and that it was shaped like an X. Here's what I found:



    I've never seen that particular picture before, but it looks like the one in PSM. Anyone know if that's right? Also, if that PSP prototype is real, then it looks 1000x better than what we got. On the other hand, it looks like it would be uncomfortable to play on.
    XBOX Prototype Is cool and creepy at the same time

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    Be cool if it could support a television set. Part console part furniture.


    Quote Originally Posted by TheGam3r View Post
    XBOX Prototype Is cool and creepy at the same time

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    It does, It's carved from a single block of aluminum. And there's an S-Video output.

    Guy I know has the blueprints, I said i wanted one to make a coffee table out of. Just throw a piece of glass on top.

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    I'd really love to own a 3DO M2 console someday. I don't have the money to buy one off of ebay when they come up, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tupin View Post
    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.
    I have no idea where they got their information about the Indrema console. They seem to think that it was Nuon based, which it wasn't. It was usually compared to the Nuon series, since it was trying to get into the same market. But the Indrema was running (if I remember right) an 800mhz Intel knock-off processor and a Linux based OS either embedded or possibly on a hard drive. It was an open source development system, which I think was the reason why it never got off the launch pad. From what I remember, there weren't any memorable or interesting games being developed for it. There were some graphics demos and a few minor league Linux mini-games for it, but nothing that a game console could launch with. And I got the impression at the time that it didn't look like anyone was stepping up to the plate to develop any 'real' games for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamebrain View Post
    I'd really love to own a 3DO M2 console someday. I don't have the money to buy one off of ebay when they come up, though.
    its gonna Happen when pigs fly

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    and also when chicken will grow teeth

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    I have some prototype pictures I have found around the internet. I apologise for not giving credit to the sources of these photos and scans. I also apologise for the massive post incoming.

    The first few here are prototype Dreamcast consoles from sagagagadomain and other sites.





    This next photo has the controller and VMU, the controller has a circular start button.






    I will include more photos in my next post.
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    These next photos are of Nintendo console prototypes.






    This image appears to be similar to the Nintendo Advanced Video System except that the wireless game controllers are attached to the top-back of the system when not in use.



    This appears to be some wierd mashup of the NAVS components...



    This next image seems to be a prototype of the Nintendo Entertainment System derived from the original Famicom design.



    This next image is an interesting half-way point between the Nintendo Advanced Video System and the Nintendo Entertainment System. It would have probably been better than the current original N.E.S because it utilized the smaller Famicom style cartridge without that damned ZIF connector system.


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    and now I have some PlayStation prototype pics.




    These next pics are PlayStation logo prototype options.



    And the last 2 PlayStation related prototype pics I have saved on my computer are of controller prototypes.




    And here is a supposed XBOX 360 prototype.



    Again I apologise to the source and owners of these photos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicwolf View Post
    And here is a supposed XBOX 360 prototype.

    That's actually J Allard's lunch box.

    Last edited by ProgrammingAce; 02-23-2009 at 12:28 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProgrammingAce View Post
    That's actually J Allard's lunch box.

    Haha. Ouch. Stupid me.
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    I'm kidding, of course. It was a design that was intentionally leaked because it was so rediculous. The picture of the confrence room was staged. It was a joke from the design team because the design was awful.

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    Thinking about the PS3 being supposed to have two Ethernet ports...I always wondered why. I mean, outside of workstation environments, it's rare to have a normal computer with multiple network interfaces (of the same kind--I'm not worried about Ethernet + 802.11). What did they expect the PS3 to be doing that it would ever need two Ethernet ports?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicwolf View Post
    Gah! The hell is that? It looks like an evil, betentacled...thing!

    Also, I just realized that (correct me if I'm wrong) nobody mentioned the PS3 batarang controller.

    I would have been interested in trying one out. Too bad the Internets got in such an uproar over it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cinder6 View Post
    I just realized that (correct me if I'm wrong) nobody mentioned the PS3 batarang controller.

    I would have been interested in trying one out. Too bad the Internets got in such an uproar over it.
    I actually would have preferred that controller as Sony has seemed to try and distance themselves from their former PlayStation consoles anyways. I personally think the design of the PlayStation controller is now dated. Its just not totally comfortable like the 360 controller is and cube controller was. Its just a Super Nintendo controller with handles and a couple analog sticks smacked on in 1997.

    PLUS THE NEW PS3 CONTROLLER HAS DAMNED NON-REMOVABLE RECHARGABLE BATTERIES! LIKE THATS GOING TO HELP IN 20 YEARS WHEN ITS A RETRO CONSOLE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProgrammingAce View Post
    I'm kidding, of course. It was a design that was intentionally leaked because it was so rediculous. The picture of the confrence room was staged. It was a joke from the design team because the design was awful.
    Ouch Stupid Me... again.
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    Having an extra ethernet port on the PS3 might have targeted 360 owners, or anyone who already had something networked in their entertainment center for that matter. Since most people aren't going to want to run ANOTHER ethernet cable from their router to their entertainment system, a passthrough is a pretty good alternative. Personally, I have to have an old router in the back of my A/V rack to keep everything networked.

    As for dual HDMI, I can't think of a good use beyond multi-monitor capabilities. The one exception would be if your TV didn't pass through multi-channel audio, so you'd want HDMI to go to your receiver for digital audio. Still, optical audio cable handles MOST of the formats that HDMI does, and most stereo receivers that have HDMI inputs are going to have outputs, except some that don't output 1080p. That's not going to be a very common setup...

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    the original plan for the dual hdmi connections was for multiple screens. The "planned specs" for the PS3 had the system capable of running 2 screens at 120 FPS @ 1080i. Obviously it's not.

    It pissed off a lot of devs that the projected spcs ended up being nothing like the end result.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProgrammingAce View Post
    It pissed off a lot of devs that the projected spcs ended up being nothing like the end result.
    Isnt that the story for basically every console? Console makers always seem to fudge the truth before release.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicwolf View Post
    Isnt that the story for basically every console? Console makers always seem to fudge the truth before release.
    No, that's basically unheard of. The only other console that changed specs was the Saturn. The problem is, games take 1-2 years to develop, so the manufacturers have to have the specs locked down that far in advance for the launch titles to make it out the door. Because sony was lying to them, developers got screwed. It's created a lot of bad blood in the industry towards Sony.

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