New Dreamcast Hardware Discovered!
Thanks to DCgaga reader and fellow DC-TALK forumite, CD AGES, I recently became aware of this largely unknown piece of Dreamcast hardware (Catalogue number SFL-2000P1) which recently became available at auction. At just over a $120 the winning bidder (a friend of the aforementioned CD AGES) certainly got himself a bargain with this item (the guy who spend $4600 on a sealed Dreamcast must certaintly be kicking himself) which was probably largely due to the unfortunate labelling of the item as “Japaneses” & “Dream Cast” by the seller. So, there you go kids, paying attention during English really does have some benefit!
The Sega "Control Unit"
After a little research it seems to be a special Dreamcast unit which got used in dedicated Japanese internet cafes during the Dreamcast era. As such, it outputs VGA and S-video as standard, and is similar in appearance to the prototype DVD player Sega displayed at the Tokyo Game Show in 2000. Strangely though, very little information seems to be available about this particular item, even in Japanese and so it will be fascinating to see what information becomes available, as well as what exactly is under the hood.
Front complete with (blue?) LED
Disc drive & possiple controller input slot?
Stayed tuned for more information in the coming weeks!