Anyone remember the Sega Saturn? Don’t be too ashamed if you don’t because I think Sega tries to forgot about it too. Before it was replaced by the much better Dreamcast, the Saturn was supposed to be Sega’s new console for the new age. Obviously, that didn’t quite work out too well. Anyway, here is a prototype of a variation of the Sega Saturn codenamed Pluto. Assembler Games forums poster Super Magnetic posted pictures of the console and describes the hardware in a series of posts.
“The front features two controller ports, and on top you have a flip-top drive bay, a cart slot, a Power button, and the venerable Reset button,” the poster wrote. “Note that the logo still says Saturn, so I’m guessing the Pluto codename was simply that, and they were thinking of branding it with the Saturn name. (The logo is printed on production-style though, so I’m guessing they were fairly serious about this one.) The left and right sides feature beautiful-and-exotic vents, while the back is standard Saturn, save for the Netlink ports. The bottom has nothing of note except for the “PLUTO-02″ sticker (which is, of course, of note).”
Apparently naming their projects after planets was a very common theme at Sega. Sega’s 32X add-on was originally codenamed Mars and a scrapped 32X/Genesis combo unit was codenamed Neptune.