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Discussion in 'Gaming' started by Larry Talbot, Jun 15, 2003.
I deleted my post because it contained a link to an article about a portable version of the Dreamcast being offered in Hong Kong, complete with flip up screen. I thought it was a cool idea, but when I read the entire article I realized that A) this looks like a case of copyright infringement, since Sega hasn't authorized this, and I know how the HTF hates copyright infringement, and B) the machines are probably only going to be available in HK, because of A).
I also saw those pics and read the article - too bad it isn't official. A portable DC would rock!
I would hope that a link to an article merely revealling something that infringes copyright is not against forum rules. The article doesn't even say where one could buy this incredibly cool illegal machine, just that it exists.
Here is the link:
Nothing wrong with talking about this
Guess I was being a little too cautious.
That's a nice unit. My best friend is going to Hong Kong in a couple of weeks. I may get him to check into this for me.
This thing may not even be illegal, it probably uses real Dreamcast guts. Selling this may be no different than selling a GBA with afterburner pre-installed.
Perhaps lik-sang doesn't have a good wholesale source for this and the legality talk is just sour grapes.
That things rocks
Long live the Dreamcast!
lan-kwei.com is selling them for $190
A mate of mine picked one up. Here's his review after a weekend of playing with it:
Its absolutely smart!
The machine comes packaged in a small black holdall. Once you open it up you
can see the machine looking back at ya, with a couple of fighter pads, a VCD
remote and adaptor (with a 3" disc), a car adaptor and a multi-volt
The machine is quite well built, obviously its third-party but the machine
does feel quite solid. Its basically 25mm higher than a DC, and the same
length. There is a switch on the back to change the LCD screen on / off, a
video Out and serial port. (Voot / f355 linkup here we come!). It has the
ports and it has run every std DC accessory that I have plugged into it,(std
pads, arcade sticks, vmus rumbles etc). The lid eject is a bit cheap
feeling. But you soon learn to press down on the mottled area off the lid,
and it closes fine.
I plugged the power pack in the step down converter and then powered up the
machine. Anyway, the familiar re-assuring chime of the dreamcast boot up
out of the stereospeakers, and I was in fanboy heaven! I booted Sonic
(pal) and it started a treat.
NOTE!!make sure your step-down will supply enough VA the machine needs 35 VA
The important bit (the screen).
I have to admit I was very impressed with the screen, I've still kept the
protective covering on the screen, but the screen is still very bright and
sharp. There was a little bit of clouding here and there but it looks like
its down to the protective covering. (I've peeled the corner of and the
screen looks even better, but as the DC is effectively on a road show for
the next few days as people are after having a look, then I decided to keep
But in summary, the screen is easily as good as any that I have seen on
other consoles. (its much better than some of the early Sony psone screens
that I have seen).
You can adjust the brightness and contrast of the screen. The refresh is
good for an LCD screen. The sharpness is good, I can read the panels in f355
easily, and although its composite there is very little bleeding.
The machine plays all regions (I tried Jpn,US and UK) and will basically
boot 99% of Pal games straight into 60hz. It will not display pal 50Hz. But
I havent founds a game that has been affected yet (Even WinCE pal games boot to
The volume dial on the right goes from quiet to very loud, very quickly.
The little speakers each side of the machine are ok for sound quality. The
headphone socket is cool, checked it worked and it needs the headphones to
be firmly stuck in, but it works a treat. (obviously this mutes the
The Fighter pads that come with the DC are excellent, they are much like the
Saturn pads but micro switched with auto for each of the fire buttons. I
didn't try the VCD player as I haven't any VCD`s that were available. But it
seems to be the dream movie player which Is very good for VCD`s.
As to a modem, It doesnt have one, but it does have the protective cover. It
looks more shallow than the original unit so I dont know if it will be
possible to add one. But im gonna take it apart
Overall Im very very pleased with the Unit, Its got some quirks, but that
makes me like it more. If youre into DC and you want something that is
collectable and quite cool in a geek-chic way, then this is the daddy.
Very, very, jealous..