Here's something we haven't seen before - A true wireless controller for the Dreamcast. While the system has a butt-load of peripherals, they're all wired - even the Samba De Amigo maracas are tethered by a cord. Wired controllers were very much par for the course in the late 90s and early 2000s though and stuff like the Nintendo Gamecube Wavebird came a little later (although the Sega Saturn - amongst others - did get infrared wireless controllers iirc). Wireless is all the rage now and it seems one hardware modder thought the old Dreamcast needed to get in on the action. Enter the DreamConn:
DreamConn is the first REAL Wireless Controller for the Sega Dreamcast.
As seen in the photos, DreamConn is an original Dreamcast controller that is modified to be wireless. Enjoy your beloved console with no more cables!
Empowered with Bluetooth technology, delivers a super stable and accurate wireless communication.
Built-in Li-ion battery with up to 3 hrs life-cycle .
Micro-USB port for charging.
LED indication for power-on.
Controller and base unit are paired - no interference from other devices.
Internal memory emulating the existence of 2 VMUs.
Support of external VMU at Slot1 for LCD screen indications (logo, battery level, game artwork).
Support of Rumble Pack at Slot2.
The VMU system works as an independent system of 2 VMUs.
DreamConn has an internal memory and emulates the presence of 2 VMUs (like if you had 2 VMUs plugged-in) even when you have nothing plugged in the controller's slots.
These 2 virtual VMUs act like the real ones (you may save, copy, move etc). In case that you want your existing saves to be transferred to/from DreamCon's VMUs,
then you may plug your existing original controller to an other Dreamcast's port and copy saves between the virtual and real VMUs as usual.
LCD Screen Function:
If you plug in a real VMU into DreamConn's Slot 1, then this VMU will be used ONLY as an LCD screen showing :
DreamConn welcome logo : When DreamConn connects to its base unit, it will show the welcome logo.
Game artwork and information.
Battery level: When L+R+START buttons are pressed, DreamConn will show battery level information.
Beeping. When DreamConn connects to its base unit, then it will give a beep informing the user that it is ready to be used (along with the welcome logo screen).
Jumper Pack Function:
Jumper Pack is also supported.
Upon power-up, if a Jumper Pack is detected, then it will replace the 2nd VMU function with vibration function.
To restore the 2nd VMU, simply power-off the DreamConn, remove the Jumper Pack and power-on again.
The unit is certainly interesting - as a gamer who likes to sit quite a way from my TV, I often find myself dragging the Dreamcast out from the unit and half-way across the living room floor in order to sit comfortably on my couch when playing Crazy Taxi etc. The DreamConn would solve all my troubles. That it also has internal memory and a rechargeable battery is just the icing on the already rather tasty cake. The price point is slightly outside of my bracket unfortunately, but still - it's nice to see new tech being reverse engineered into our beloved Dreamcasts, eh?
here. Thanks to DCJY Facebook group member Sandro Silva for the heads up.