It appears Sonic took notice of Nintendo's stellar DS sales last year and are ready to start up a rivalry again. A french web site has spread rumors that Sega may be entering the handheld market in the not so distant future. We have the full rumor report translated in broken English!
The futuristic looking device is nicknamed the "Sega Hedgehog" contains hardware similar to the doomed Gizmondo -- an Nvidia 3D chipset, a small Samsung RISC processor, a touchpad surface, and a screen capable of displaying 640x360. Not too shabby, but here's killer app: they may support DivX via USB port. Way to stick it to Microsoft for sabotaging your Dreamcast, good for them! Additional support for accessories and out-of-the-box emulation of the good ol' Sega game library is also discussed. The article ends with a brief thanks Sega France for being the tipster, but beyond that we really couldn't verify the authenticity of this news.
Sega is a company I have always loved, and occasionally loved to hate. Having watched this tragic giant rise to the top and crash, I feel like they should just stick to games and let the big boys make the hardware. It's their lack of focus (and investment in Shenmue) that got them into big trouble 5 years ago, and this seems like road back to where they last fell. But then again, I do love my Genesis, Saturn, and Dreamcast. Sega makes some angry little contender consoles, and I expect this will be no exception (and fail).
The most positive thing I can stomach saying is that I'm honestly liking the screen size and the sketch looks cool, however perhaps a little top heavy on the flip screen plastic. I wish somebody would just make a handheld console with a little low power Projector already - that would be neat. A 32" screen in my pocket? I'd buy that.
Sources: Digg, ImpactVirtuelThis is the best that Babelfish can do... (sigh)
It is on line of Tokyo and thanks to a source very close to the direction of the group that us information came: Sega prepares its great return in the world of the consoles with a portable console. Baptized, for the moment Sega Hedgehog, this new console is planned for the festivals of end of the year 2007. Comfort dépliable, it would be equipped with a processor 566Mhz Samsung, of a graphic accelerator 128 bits 3d NVidia, evolution of the chipset GeForce 3d 4500 which had been placed inside late Gizmondo, of 128Mo of RAM and a screen LCD of 11cm which can post resolutions of 640X360.
Integrating the traditional ones: joystick analogical, four buttons and two triggers, it would offer in more one paving stone of tactile mouse and three buttons. It would seem that the directional cross is abandoned but we did not have more precision.
Level inputs/outputs, the plays would be on cartridge. One does not know any more for the moment on this subject. A port USB would enable him to connect various peripherals to it, of the printer to the lever while passing by the scanner... In addition, the presence of this port USB on the console suggèrerait the installation of a service online of remote loading of plays, via a PC. It would also accept the charts Compact Flash and the SD Cards.
Sega studies the possibility of making him read the DivX format. Better still, a retrocompatibility with the plays Master System, Saturn and Dreamcast is envisaged, without however revealing how that could be managed. Always according to our advisor, the principal concern that would meet Sega for the moment would be the compatibility of the hardware with the old plays as of the problems of utilisation period (One currently speaks 3 hours of duration of battery concerned or in video reading, which is definitely insufficient, of course). SEGA would be working on an optimization of the screen of the console in order to be able to make less it "greedy".
And to close this information of first order, we dégotté a preparatory drawing of the console. It will be noticed that it has an esthetics strongly pointing out the lever of Dreamcast... We also make a point of thanking Sega France for their support in this operation "Scoop".
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