Sega is getting back into the hardware business. Technically. No, the prolific Japanese games maker isn’t creating a new console, but it is licensing its brand to a limited edition series of “Sega Note PC” laptops.
The Sega Note PCs come in four separate flavors, all of which salute the company’s consoles of yesteryear. The Mega Drive (which was known as the Genesis in the U.S.), Saturn, and Dreamcast are all represented through interchangeable decals, along with a traditional Sega Blue theme. The decals can be bought separately, and the laptops themselves come pre-loaded with Sega-themed wallpaper, music, icons and the like.
Each Sega Note PC can be had in “Light,” “Standard,” “High Spec,” and “Premium” models, which come with varying specs. The Light versions start with a Intel Pentium processor and integrated Intel HD graphics, and the models range up to the highest-end Premium editions, which come with an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GT650M graphics. All of the Sega Note PCs come packed with Windows 8, however, and have 15.6-inch, 1080p displays.
Sound cool? Well, right now it doesn’t look like there’ll be any way for nostalgic Sega fans in America to get their hands on a Sega Note PC unless they import from Japan. And once they do, they’ll be paying a mint to get a hold of one: the low-spec Light models start at ¥99,750 (about $1,100), while the Premium models cost ¥194,250 ($2,100).
Plus, there’ll only be 50 units of each model for each type of PC available, so these really look to be aimed at the most hardcore collectors. But for any Mr. Moneybags who longs for the days when Sega produced more than just Sonic the Hedgehog games, these machines may be worth a look.