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After 10 years out of the business could Sega be plotting a comeback. Some recent news suggests that the former console maker could be staging a comeback in to the console business. In 2001 Sega announced retirement of hardware to focus on software developement and games. Back in 80′s Sega was a direct competitor to Nintendo and had some killer systems like the Sega Master System, Genesis, Saturn, and of course their last system, the Dreamcast. They also had some pretty cool mobile gaming hardware in the past years and introduced us all the iconic Mascot of Sega, Sonic the Hedgehog. Although Sega changed hands a few times the company has actually been around since the 1940′s. I would love to see Sega get back into the hardware industry adding some new competition to Sony, Microsoft and Xbox.
The article states the Sega signed a deal with the UK’s Imagination Technologies which specializes in 3D graphics and technology. They are rumored to be working on a chipset for a graphics intense next-gen console.
Translated from Russian Source
“Still no technical information of the project because it is in a very early stage. SEGA shared, that their plans are for a new console to be a direct competitor to the next generation of products from Sony and Microsoft. The company believes that with more development over time, they will be able to defeat the two giants and take a larger share of the market.”
Of course all this is just rumors but I would love to see a full-blown comeback from Sega. The console was a huge part of my early gaming career and had some killer titles that wasted countless hours of my childhood. Time will tell if this is all speculation or really comes to see the light of day. One thing for sure is they better produce some pretty impressive stuff, consoles surely came a long way since their last.