Dreamcast USB Loader Coming Soon

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  1. Heran Bago
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    It's a Dreamcast USB Adapter. For those who don't understand why this could be a good thing, here is my personal list of how it'd be nice:
    1. The Dreamcast's disc drive is really loud.
    2. Dreamcast backups on a CD-R are limited in file size since the original GD-ROMs are bigger. Some Dreamcast ISOs have to get clover to fit on a CD-R with lower quality audio, video, voice acting, or removing some of these altogether.
    3. GDIs on the real hardware
    4. The Dreamcast drive will die eventually. You can tune the laser strength to give it a little extra life but a busted drive is the eventual fate of most disc based gaming consoles.
    5. Dreamcast emulation isn't perfect. The Dreamcast owns and playing stuff on the real hardware owns. Just Emulate It is a bad attitude for retrogaming.


    There was an attempt at a Dreamcast SD card loader earlier. It turned out not to be very good. The big downside to this is that it altogether replaces the disc drive in a Dreamcast. This is great for units with broken drives, of which there are plenty. Also noteworthy is that it doesn't appear to reduce load times much. It's probably going to be super expensive and Stone Age Gamer kind of sucks.


    Here's the announcement with my comments in bold.
    http://www.stoneagegamer.com/
     
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  2. Thomas83Lin

    Thomas83Lin Retro Gamer

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    Nice, but it looks like I would have to desolder and move the Usb socket, I'd prefer just to keep it inside the console at all times. instead of it sticking out, and having to cut the case.

    edit: Heres a better quality Img, hmm that usb doesn't look to bad

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  3. WiiCube_2013

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    Eh, would have been more ideal if the USB port was at the front than at the back.
     
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    Haven't most of the worthwhile games for the Dreamcast been ported now anyway? No reason to go buy a USB loader for the one "definitive" game that was overlooked.
     
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    My favourite series of Dreamcast (PowerStone) was ported to PSP and while they remastered it nicely for the system it looks awful because the screen's so small.
     
  7. Foxi4

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    If streaming content works then this is ideal. Using the serial port is hit and miss and burning CD's only takes you so far. As far as NTFS support is concerned, that'd be completely useless since no Dreamcast disc image goes beyond 1.2GB as far as I know, the system used GD-ROM's (derrivative of CD-ROM).
     
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  8. FAST6191

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    Consider my interest piqued. I will still bet on emulation in the mid to long term (even if the texture replacement people are not doing as much as the N64 and GC lot) but this could help a few things along.
     
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    Want. Want it now :(.
     
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    a little late :P
     
  11. kristianity77

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    I'm still waiting on one for the PS2!
     
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    I don't want to remove the drive though...
     
  14. Foxi4

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    The PS2 has plenty of loading alternatives - SMB, USB and HDD loading isn't hard to achieve and doesn't require any chips at all. With the Dreamcast, the only alternative to burned CD's is the serial port, and even that requires a boot disc. ;)
     
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    I mentioned a DC ODE a while back. Glad to see its coming to life. Probably will be to pricey but still nice.
     
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    Whats the compatibility like then these days? As when I tried it a few years back it was quite hit and miss with what it worked with and a fair few games I tried were quite glitchy. I'd say my success rate was about 80% at best previously. Cant remember what I used though HD loader or something but it wasn't much good.
     
  17. cvskid

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    You don't have to remove the drive though, you can either copy the games themselves from the ps2 right to the harddrive which takes a while to finish, or you can FTP games through a ethernet/crossover cable to put games on it without having to remove the harddrive for a ps2.
     
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    Was talking about the DC adapter. I use Ethernet for PS2 loading, in case you're curious.
    How did DC serial port loading ever work? I heard nothing about that.
     
  19. cvskid

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    Ah ok, and for me personally using the serial port for dreamcast games are hit and miss. Some work fine while others have heavy lag.At the very least emulators work alright through the serial port. Still sort of convient to have around though.
     
  20. cdoty

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    Buy a Playstation TV, it can play PSP games on your TV. I think the PowerStone collection is available in the Playstation Store (it is in the Asian store).