Classic Sega consoles resurrected as customized Windows 8 laptops

Credit: Ebten

Sega hasn't made new hardware since it bowed out of the console race over a decade ago with the Dreamcast. Clearly made for hardcore fans, the company's new laptops feature interchangeable covers designed to look like its old game consoles.

There are four custom laptops in all: Sega blue, Mega Drive (which was called the Genesis in the U.S.), Saturn and Dreamcast. Each laptop includes a 15.6-inch display (1920 x 1080 resolution), Windows 8, and comes preloaded with three custom Sega themes (wallpapers, icons and sounds) as well as 60 songs from classic Sega games. And in case you're wondering, they don't officially include any retro Sega game emulators.

As for the specs, each laptop can be customized with four different configurations: Light, Standard, High Spec and Premium. The Light model comes with an 2.4GHz Intel Pentium 2020 processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 500GB hard drive, 4GB of RAM and a DVD burner drive. The Standard model includes the same, but has a faster 2.4GHz Intel Core i3-3120M processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT650M graphics and Intel Graphics HD 4000, 8GB of RAM and a Blu-ray player. Lastly, the High Spec and Premium models both have a 120GB SSD instead of a hard drive, 8GB of RAM, and an 2.4GHz Intel Core 97-3630QM processor; the only difference is the High Spec has a Blu-ray drive and the Premium model has a Blu-ray burner drive. (Detailed spec details can be found here.)

The consoles will be available on June 3 and cost between ¥99,750 (about $1075) and ¥194,250 (about $2094), depending on the model. Cover plates can be purchased separately for ¥8,925 (about $96). Now for the bad news: they're Japan-only. But, it's not like that's ever stopped any importers or collectors, and if you're smitten, it doesn't have to stop you, either.

Ebten, via Eurogamer

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