Sega launches new console

Posted on Feb 4 2010 - 3:46pm by simon

After the Dreamcast sank nearly a decade ago it looked as though Sega would never produce another home console again, but that will all change when the Sega Zone launches.

The Zone is not attempting to take on the PS3 or the 360, but is rather gunning for the Wii, as it will sport motion sensitive controls and a low price tag. For £50 you can pick up a Sega Zone, but would you want to?

The Zone comes with 50 preinstalled games and retro fans will love the fact that this includes 20 titles from Sega’s heyday including Alex the Kid and Golden Axe. Also do not be surprised to see at least one Sonic game turn up on the Zone.

The Zone is controlled by a Wii Remote-alike device and of the 30 unique titles just over half will make use of the motion sensitive interaction that the controller affords.

Although this is ostensibly a ‘Sega’ console, if you take a closer look you will realise that in fact this is a re-branded version of the Zone 40, a console that saw a fairly bad reception because of its low price and Nintendo aping qualities.

The difference between the Zone 40 and the Sega Zone is of course that there will be a bunch of old Sega titles licensed for use. If this kind of thing tickles your fancy then you might well be interested, but if you already have a Wii you will probably be getting all of your retro gaming thrills via the Virtual Console.

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