Sega are used to all-in-one consoles (pic: Wikipedia)
A reader suggests that Sega’s next mini console should be an all-in-one device that plays Mega-CD, 32X, Saturn, and Dreamcast games.
With the recent release of the Mega Drive Mini it will only be a matter of time before Sega releases another mini console. After the Mega Drive comes the other consoles: Mega-CD, 32X, Saturn, and Dreamcast – three of these being CD-based consoles. The Mega-CD, Saturn, and Dreamcast have a lot of games, which has given me hope that instead of releasing mini versions of each individual console Sega could release a mini-console that plays games from all four systems.
While this sounds unlikely, and while this looks pricey for Sega, they could use hardware that would run these games as well as a few emulator advantages like upscaling to 1080p. They could include some games built-in, however including a disc drive would be a great way to ensure games from all their CD-based systems could all be enjoyed on the new mini console.
The issue is what could be done to persuade people to buy this new mini console and what could Sega possibly offer to ensure the new mini console is a success? With the advancement of technology, we have superior online services and access to newer tech. Sega offering an online service that offers retro games to be downloaded and played on the new mini system is one good way to ensure access to potentially over a thousand games.
This would be a good way, I feel, Sega could make money from the service and save having to worry about producing mini consoles with only limited games. When you have a mini console offering access to more than 1,000 games and an online digital downloadable service of Sega’s classic games it offers gamers a retro experience as well as something that has never been offered or thought possible before.
The truth is Sega fans have already attempted to do this and it does show that fans are willing to want to see this happen sometime in the future and that this may not actually be a fan’s dream but will eventually become a reality.
Now there is also another issue which could throw a spanner into the works for a mini console like this and that’s the licensing issues to certain games, as well as if any of the developers for certain games are still around anymore. Sega could ask for developer’s permission to support the games from the previous systems and allow more games to be supported in the future.
The truth is it wouldn’t be too difficult for Sega and M2 to get a mini-console like this together with affordable hardware, to ensure a relatively cheap system for those who enjoy retro games from all three previous consoles.
While this seems like a dream, and while this does look unlikely, this is one mini console I’d love to see Sega do. And given that we are now in 2020 it would be a great way to introduce some of the greatest Sega games to a newer, younger generation.
By reader gaz be rotten (gamertag)
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