Sega Saturn Miniaturization Is Hard Due To Its High Performance, Says Sega Head

We will have to wait sometime to see a miniature version of the classic console.

Story Highlights

  • Sega Saturn is difficult to miniaturize due to its high performance, as per Sega’s President Yukio Sugino.
  • The company’s head said the mini version of the classic console might take a little longer, but it will happen eventually. 
  • Previously, Sega also released a mini version of the Mega Drive in 2019.

While talking to Famitsu, Sega President, and COO Yukio Sugino revealed that turning the Sega Saturn into a miniature console is showing to be rather difficult. According to the company’s boss, due to the device’s high performance, the miniaturization of the classic 1994 console is a tough task and will take a little longer. Hence, we will have to wait a bit longer to see a newer version of the fifth-generation Sega gadget.

During his interview with Famitsu, Yukio Sugino further expanded on this topic and explained the company’s stance. The Sega president said that you can’t just make a console because it sells well and you have to wait for the right situation. In addition, Sugino also explained how the “surprisingly” high performance of the console is also proving to be a roadblock to miniaturization:

The Sega Saturn is surprisingly high performance, so the difficulty of miniaturisation is also high. I don’t think it’s a case of saying ‘let’s make another one because it sells well’, it looks like it’s going to be a little longer.”

Sega first released the Sega Saturn way back in 1994 as part of the fifth generation of video game consoles which consisted of the PlayStation and Nintendo 64. Considering how Sony has already launched a new version of its classic PlayStation, many have been expecting Sega to do the same. While talking to Famitsu, Sugino did give the fans hope and said they’ll develop it with people who have always loved the Saturn and Dreamcast:

I’d like to think about it when we’re in a situation where we can openly develop it together with people who have always loved the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast.”

Previously, the company’s classic hardware producer Yosuke Okunari said that Sega wanted to make mini versions of the other classic consoles, but explained how the cost of producing parts was very expensive. While revealing the Mega Drive Mini 2, he mentioned how the developer did think about this direction for the Dreamcast and the Saturn, but eventually didn’t move forward with it.

Even though the Japanese company doesn’t make home consoles now, it was highly successful during its 20-year stint developing gaming consoles. From the Sega Genesis to the Dreamcast, the company made some widely successful devices with the Genesis/Mega Drive selling over 30 million units worldwide and becoming one of the best-selling home consoles of all time.

We might have to wait a while before we see a mini version of the Saturn and Dreamcast, but considering how Sega has already made mini consoles it will launch eventually. Hopefully, it’s sooner rather than later.

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Ahmed Mansoor is a News Writer who has a deep passion for single-player adventure games. He loves to keep tabs on the gaming and technology industries and loves to break stories that interest his audience. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and several years of experience writing for games. Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Bachelor's in Journalism || Written 600+ News Stories.

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