> The Dreamcast controller ports (4 standard) are good for more than just
analog pads, flight sticks, fishing rods, gun controllers and steering
wheels -- they're also high-speed, high-bandwidth interfaces that allow
a lot of data to be transferred to and from the Dreamcast. This allows
for complicated peripherals like a force-feedback stick or steering wheel
and eventually a digital camera.
> This is where the standard 56k modem (in USA) is connected directly to
the Dreamcast's motherboard. However, it's also a high-bandwidth
expansion slot which is capable of accepting a better standard modem, cable
modems, ISDN connections, DSL modems and Ethernet boxes. Dreamcast
owners can be certain they will always have the best internet connection.
> Obviously, this is where the Dreamcast's video signal comes from.
It's capable of carrying composite video, S-Video, or VGA signals to your
TV/monitor. This port is controlled by a digital signal encoder that
can be programmed by software developers to be sure that games look as
impressive as possible and use all the latest television formats (like
> The Dreamcast serial port isn't as fast as the controller ports, but
it's sufficient for lots of other potential peripherals. Most likely,
the forthcoming Iomega Zip drive will hook into the serial port.
This additional storage can be used to transfer files to and from PCs,
store downloads, upgrade games and save various other types of data.
> The Sega Dreamcast console has been designed from the ground up as an
upgrade-able system much like today's PCs. As a matter of fact, Sega
maintains the Uberconsole will be an evolutionary console.
Basically, the Uberconsole will be able to keep up with technological advances
via upgrades and expansion better than any other console you can buy.
~ Shinobi ~
> Sega has confirmed that a DVD-ROM drive will be available ("when the
time is right") to those who wish to upgrade the Dreamcast's GD-ROM drive
(which already holds over 50% more data than standard CDs). Also
confirmed is an Iomega Zip drive for multi-purpose, rewrite-able data storage.
The console's digital signal encoder can be reprogrammed on-the-fly to
support HDTV output and other future TV formats via the multi-out port.
A digital camera could be hooked up (using a controller port) in order
to allow (among other things) your face to be mapped onto game characters.
The Dreamcast's modem is designed to facilitate a video signal -- which
means digital video camera equipped gamers could see each other.
You can even trash-talk with your online opponents when using the microphone
peripheral (for Seaman too), which connects to a controller's VMU port.
If that's not enough, even the Dreamcast's formidable chipset is upgrade-able.
> The bottom line is simple. Today, Dreamcast is the most technologically
advanced console you can buy. On September 9th, hundreds of thousands
of new Uberconsole owners will help make that day the biggest sales event
ever! Tomorrow, the Dreamcast will be expandable in order to embrace
whatever new technology becomes the standard. There is one thing
that never seems to change though... the enviable quality of Sega