What unreleased accessories can tell us about an alternative future for the Dreamcast?

When we talk about accessories for video games, no other console brought so many interesting accessories as Dreamcast did. The console that introduced accessories like VMU, Jump Pack, VGA Box, Microphone, DreamEye, BroadBand Adapter and many others also has an interesting list of unreleased accessories.

SEGA had interesting plans before the decision to stop the production of the Dreamcast and for what we can see the console would become a true multimedia station that could have changed all the history that we know.

Dreamcast MP3 PlayerThe VMU MP3 Player would work like an iPod, and when this accessory connected on the controller port, it would be possible to download content from an online store and listen to your favorite songs. The Dreamcast would have a similar function to iTunes.

Dreamcast Zip Drive

The Dreamcast Zip Drive would allow to download new content for games like extra quake maps (Has someone thought about DLC?) and it could even save e-mails. Who knows if it could handle some digital games/emulators?

Dreamcast DVD Player

Many people bought a PlayStation 2 instead of a Dreamcast because the PlayStation 2 was also a DVD player. To keep the Dreamcast competitive with the PlayStation 2, SEGA created the Dreamcast DVD Player that unfortunately never was released.

We can see SEGA had big plans for Dreamcast, and some of these plans were used for Microsoft and Sony years later on XBOX and Playstation. With the release of all these accessories, we would have seen big updates on SEGANet and the Dreamcast that we know could have been much more than a game machine; it could have been a multimedia center.

About Luiz Nai

I'm huge fan of Sega, I have been playing Sega games for over 20 years and games like Shenmue, Skies of Arcadia, Panzer Dragoon Saga and also all the Arcades race games are my favorites. Besides of playing Sega games I have a post degree in Game development and I enjoy playing guitar in my free time.

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  • JTTHEGAME

    I wish people followed games and not hype then we would still have sega in hardware.and Saturn and Dreamcast would have did big numbers

    • jopamine

      Right?! This console generation really reminds me of the DC/PS2 era. Sony knows how to hype. Not to say that PS4 doesn’t have any games (I personally enjoy XB1 exclusives more) but, for example, Sony’s E3 presser last year was full of hype.

      • JTTHEGAME

        Xbox is better games wise than playstation on the other hand wii u is better than both them put together.

        • jopamine

          I just wish nintendo’s network is as good and sophisticated as xbl or psn

          • JTTHEGAME

            I use both xbox live and Nintendo network and have used psn on PS3. What you are saying is a. Complete myth. Nintendo network is just as good as these other networks in fact give me Nintendo network over psn any day.

          • jopamine

            I dont think you’re really understanding me. Mario kart and splatoon are great, but the infrastructure seems so primitive that we cant chat with friends on mario kart, while racing. We cant really party up in splatoon. If i only have three friends in ranking, why cant the servers find me another player, THEN put me in a game. 3v4 isnt fun.

          • JTTHEGAME

            If you want to chat with friends on wii u it is possible. Personally i prefure not hearing people i am playing weather especially when there are kids in the game

          • jopamine

            Is it possible with friends and with the games, minus that exception i mentioned? Good that you prefer not listening to others. But, i’m not you, and nintendo’s network does not allow some on the features xbl and psn have. It’s primitive.

  • David Innes

    The MP3 player probably wouldn’t have been very good. I remember the kind of players people had back then. Storage was so limited they were encoding the MP3’s at 32kbps. Yuck.

    The Zip Drive would have been sweet. I so wanted that to come out. I used to think how cool it would be if they would sell old Genesis games for download. Sort of like the Virtual Console but 7-8 years early.

    • The MP3 player would of course have been pretty bad on audio quality, but being able to download songs and put them on your MP3 right on your dreamcast would have been very cool back then. Huge shame that all these cool accessories never came to be.