Thread of Development Hardware, Prototype Hardware, and related cool stuff


#1

In this thread, let’s post pictures and information about cool hardware that was never available (or rarely available) to consumers. You know the type: devkits, Kiosks, Prototypes, etc. Even if it doesn’t cleanly fit these categories, by all means feel free to include it if it’s cool and/or obscure.

I’ll start us off with one of the most modern examples I could think of:

https://www.gamepur.com/files/images/2016/black-image-1.jpg

Pictured above, a final Switch devkit. Unlike most devkits, it’s nearly identical looking to a retail unit, with the only visual exception being that it has black joycons. I have no clue whether there are any other hardware differences, however. Most kits generally have beefed up specs compared to those at retail.

Here’s another one that I got to personally experience as a kid, although I can’t find an actual picture:

https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/nintendo/images/c/ce/GatewaySystem2.png/revision/latest?cb=20130117164226&path-prefix=en

Nintendo Gateway system. Basically, for an hourly rate in some airlines, you could play a few SNES games in a small screen in the monitor embedded in the seat in front of you. On a long flight home during a family vacation, I got to play F-Zero, Kirby’s Dreamcourse, and SMW because my parents decided to pay the hourly rate (bless them). It was very novel at the time. Here’s what I think was probably the UI, but bear in mind I’m trying to remember something from 20 or so years ago:

imagehttps://snescentral.com/1/0/1/1019/nintendo_power_57_1.jpg

So, by all means, let’s fill this thread with other cool stuff. I’m looking forward to seeing what you all dig up.


#2

Here are some pics (apologies for the poor quality) of my original Dreamcast retail kiosk.
Won on ebay for £51, I collected it from a local community centre.
I replaced the controllers and VMU’s and did a basic clean and refurb of the unit, I also added blue LED backlights.
Had a hell of a job getting it upstairs to my spare room!
The unit worked well but I eventually had to sell it as we needed the spare room for our new baby.
It wasn’t the most comfortable of things to use even when sitting on a chair but it was a great centre piece/novelty to have.


#3

Just saw a Sega Saturn Mirage Universal CD Emulator Development kit up on Yahoo Auctions:

Never heard of it before but apparently according to SEGA Retro:

It is hardware-based real-time CD-ROM emulation system when connected to a target machine or games console and acts as a transparent substitute for that machine’s CD-ROM drive.

Never knew these existed before and sounds rather interesting!


#4

I’ve had this for years but I’m just now getting around to having it framed.