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This is what a Valve’s Steam Machine looks like

5 Nov

valve steam machine

Well, actually it’s just a prototype of one of the many many Steam Machines that will be released next year, but at least we can have a rought idea of what we’ve talked about till now.

That prototype was given to the Seattle Times, that luckily had the opportunity to try out the new high end piece of hardware, you can read their article here.

By the way it looks a bit like a VHS player…well, at least Xbox One isn’t the only one.

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What happened to the SEGA Pluto eBay auction?

13 May

sega pluto roger vega

So, let’s recap a bit. Firstly a former SOJ (see: SEGA of Japan) employee revealed a very old console prototype, called SEGA Pluto, that basically is just a Saturn with internet connection, but there are no other known unites around, so we assume it’s pretty rare. Than another guy (pictured above), after seeing all the news about the Pluto, realized that he got one in his collection (what a lucky guy!). So only two of them in the entire world, still pretty rare.

This second chap then decided to put his long-forgotten-fresh-discovered SEGA Pluto prototype up on a eBay auction, but the auction finished at $15.5k with reserve price not met. Such a shame! Is that possible that the guy is so greedy not to accept more than $15k for an old console?

SEGA Nerds guys reached Roger Vega (this is the name of the young man) to ask some question about the auction. So here we go!

SEGA Pluto eBay auction finishes at $15k but with reserve price not met

10 May

sega pluto

We’ve already told you about the SEGA Pluto console dropped on a eBay auction few days ago. Well, now the auction is over, but the prototype stills unsold.

We saw this coming. The seller was quite greedy to put such an high reserve price, that remains unknown, but for sure is more than $15.5k, that was the final bid reached by the auction.

Will the seller try again? We really think so…stay tuned!

SEGA Pluto up to auction on eBay

7 May

SEGA Pluto prototype console ebay price

Do you remember the huge revelation about the two super-secret SEGA Pluto prototype consoles we told you a while ago? Good, because one of them is currently on eBay.

Yep, that was predictable. In the end it’s just two-of-a-kind so we’re not really surprised about that (saw that, at least, one of the owner didn’t even know what the hell it was).

The thing that wasn’t predictable is that the auction has already reached more than $8000 and it’s still 3 days to go. Yes, that’s an huge amount of money! But don’t get too excited, because the actual eBay auction says that the reserve price has not been met yet (you, greedy bastard!). For now we can just wait, we’ll keep you posted!

Check it by yourself!

Meet Pluto, the prototype SEGA console that never saw the light of day

19 Apr

sega pluto prototype

 

We are all fascinated by prototype and obscure dev kit from the past, especially when they come from the somehow mysterious SEGA hardware dev department (that obviously is no more).

So you probably already hear about this kind of stuff, like, for example the SEGA Neptune, but we’re quite sure that the SEGA Pluto is something new for most of you (and also for us).

A couple of days ago, a SEGA ex-employee shared with the world the first pictures about a piece of hardware that never saw the light of day, nothing really out of this world, but basically an internet enabled Saturn, codename: Pluto.

sega pluto prototype

 

sega pluto prototype

 

sega pluto prototype

 

Here’s what the owner said about how he got the prototype:

“Sega is a company with a history of turmoil. Employee turnover is a sad theme, and the Sonic Reaper (as we call him) strikes all too frequently. As such, the past gets forgotten quickly — treasures from the previous generation are quickly cast aside, as a new regime tries to make a name for themselves (or justify their existence). 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.”

The sticker under the console says “PLUTO-02” so this means that should be even a prototype 01, somewhere, maybe. And there is indeed!

After the pics went online, the owner of the other known Pluto showed up with this video.

Did you hear? This Pluto is going to find its way to ebay! Stay tuned.

Valve’s Steam Box is on its way

6 Mar

valve steam box gabe newell console

In an interview with the BBC, Gabe Newell, founder of Valve, said that the new Steam Box console is on its way and that the first prototypes could hit the users for test in 3/4 months. Read below directly from Newell’s words.

“We’re working with partners trying to nail down exactly how fast we can make it. We’ll be giving out some prototypes to customers to get their reactions, I guess, in the next three to four months. Your average gamer has a good idea of what it’d be like. It sort of has the openness and flexibility of PC, yet done in a way that makes it make sense in the living room. There are noise issues and heat issues and being able to deal with that while still offering a powerful enough gaming experience is the challenge in building it.

The main thing that’s holding us up is that we have a couple of different controller prototypes that we’re using, and that’s one of the things we’ll be giving to customers. We’ll just give them a couple different ones and then look to see what the difference is in their play patterns when they have those different controllers. If you think of a game like Left 4 Dead ,which is trying to put you into a sort of horror movie, you and your friends in a horror movie, if you don’t change the experience of what the player is actually feeling then it stops being a horror game and starts being something else. So you need to actually be able to directly measure how aroused the player is — what their heart rate is, things like that — in order to continue to offer them a new experience each time they play.”