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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie_Says_Relax View Post
    Odd that both have non-functional drive door latch mechanisms.
    Considering that they are prototypes, it's entirely possible that the latch mechanism is something that just hadn't been sorted out yet. Based on the pics I've seen, the shell design is still in a pretty rough state, and there is no way that those parts came out of a tool intended for retail/production units.


    That, or the same jerkoff at Sega didn't know the strength in his index finger and busted em both :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parodius Duh! View Post
    Awesome to see, but whatever. Not like you can get on the net with it.... Its just a saturn in a cool shell at this point.
    Exactly. It's a expensive paper weight meant for collectors to go look what I got but no one else does.


    It's a useless shell like you said. It's neat but pointless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parodius Duh! View Post
    Awesome to see, but whatever. Not like you can get on the net with it.... Its just a saturn in a cool shell at this point.
    I believe that several games that have direct-dial unit to unit match ups still work fine. You don't need any Internet client or server to use those.
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    That is really cool! I wonder the history behind that specific prototype and how no one knew about it until now. I guess I can see how it was never released. It seems like a waste and could of done much cooler things like also include a genesis/32x/sega cd. That would of been something people would REALLY of wanted...maybe

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    What I want to know is how its dimensions really stack up to a regular Saturn - it looks about the same as a Saturn with an extra sidecar tacked on. Gotta admit I'm kind of a sucker for the '90s Mac style design though.

    Kind of surprised the modem took up that much space but that's the '90s for ya.

    It wasn't really "found" so much as the member deciding to finally release some information about it (or maybe he finally took the time to cobble them together...who knows? ) Makes you wonder what other stuff is out there that people aren't telling us about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Oscuro View Post
    What I want to know is how its dimensions really stack up to a regular Saturn - it looks about the same as a Saturn with an extra sidecar tacked on. Gotta admit I'm kind of a sucker for the '90s Mac style design though.

    Kind of surprised the modem took up that much space but that's the '90s for ya.

    It wasn't really "found" so much as the member deciding to finally release some information about it (or maybe he finally took the time to cobble them together...who knows? ) Makes you wonder what other stuff is out there that people aren't telling us about.
    Apparently one was "found" at a garage sale years before.

    http://www.joystiq.com/2013/04/20/ru...a-garage-sale/

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    Actually, re-reading the Assembler page, this is something that landed in somebody's desk some time later. Oh boy, how I wouldn't mind coming across a piece of hardware that way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Oscuro View Post
    What I want to know is how its dimensions really stack up to a regular Saturn - it looks about the same as a Saturn with an extra sidecar tacked on. Gotta admit I'm kind of a sucker for the '90s Mac style design though.

    Kind of surprised the modem took up that much space but that's the '90s for ya.

    It wasn't really "found" so much as the member deciding to finally release some information about it (or maybe he finally took the time to cobble them together...who knows? ) Makes you wonder what other stuff is out there that people aren't telling us about.
    Wouldn't be too hard to sort out based on what we know already (size of a CD, the controller ports, etc).

    Remember, it IS a proto. It may have been a lot smaller in production.

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    Yeah, there's a shot with a CD inside. I'm not super familiar with the Saturn (despite having two of 'em) so it's hard to place for me.

    The shell, despite some rough edges, looks like a pretty much finished design. What you say could be true though.

    I don't think the unit was opened (yet) but it could also be that part of that space is taken up by an MPEG decompression card as well.

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    Wow this is awesome!!! I love prototypes they are super badass especially ones that look as nice and complete as this one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BricatSegaFan View Post
    Apparently one was "found" at a garage sale years before.

    http://www.joystiq.com/2013/04/20/ru...a-garage-sale/
    He paid a DOLLAR for it!!! SOB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg2600 View Post
    He paid a DOLLAR for it!!! SOB.
    Somehow I doubt it was a dollar.....suspicious

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Oscuro View Post
    Yeah, there's a shot with a CD inside. I'm not super familiar with the Saturn (despite having two of 'em) so it's hard to place for me.

    The shell, despite some rough edges, looks like a pretty much finished design. What you say could be true though.

    I don't think the unit was opened (yet) but it could also be that part of that space is taken up by an MPEG decompression card as well.
    Retro-engineering has sort of become a staple of what I do lately, and I've become pretty adept at "eyeballing" it

    I agree. It's a clean design, no doubt. The shell was likely cast from hand-built parts or CNC'd from a block of ABS or something else. I expect the former based on the imperfections in the form. I'm SURE there would have been tweaks to it before production, but the form factor seems pretty well fleshed out.

    I wonder if the guy with the $1 unit ever opened his up. Anyone have a clue how to contact him? I know the guys at Assemble would literally kill to see the gutty-wuts.

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sega-Pluto-/...item3a80d01f0f

    One of two Pluto owners is trying to sell on ebay. Bidding at $10G's but not at reserve yet.
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    Current bid:US $9,999.99 reserve not met.

    Nothing funny going on here. I wonder what the reserve price could possibly be.

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    its a little bit strange that no one has heard of the pluto or even knew it existed for over 15 years and know 2 of them showup in auctions... could it be a very well made scam?? It looks legit, but hey if you can make 2 professionally looking prototypes and sell them for over 10,000$ each, thats a nice profit for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PreZZ View Post
    its a little bit strange that no one has heard of the pluto or even knew it existed for over 15 years and know 2 of them showup in auctions... could it be a very well made scam?? It looks legit, but hey if you can make 2 professionally looking prototypes and sell them for over 10,000$ each, thats a nice profit for sure.
    I assumed that this was the same one that did not meet reserve on Gamegavel. They only made 2 of these...so possible but fishy if this is the second one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buyatari View Post
    I assumed that this was the same one that did not meet reserve on Gamegavel. They only made 2 of these...so possible but fishy if this is the second one.
    It is the same as the Gamegavel one. This guy is totally unrealistic about its value.

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    Why would both units not have controllers? Watch the unit will sell and a week later.....Hey I found the cables and controllers. Who wants em? Followed by another auction.

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