This HKT-01 Dev Box Can Be Yours...For £1000

I have issues sleeping. Most nights I just lie there awake until Hypnos leaves his sunless cave, breaks in through the bedroom window and kindly grants me the power of divine rest at around 5am. Which isn't much help when I usually get up at 7, but I appreciate the sentiment. Yes, I've read all that guff about not looking at phones/tablets/PS Vitas/ Tapwave Zodiacs at night...but even when I don't, I still just lie there like an idiot staring into the darkness waiting to drift off.

Inevitably, I end up looking at Twitter or some other rubbish online but occasionally I stumble across something worthy of sharing here on this hallowed blog. Last night was no different, as I unwittingly found myself mindlessly browsing online retrogaming store retrogames.co.uk. Imagine my surprise then, when I stumbled across this HKT-01 Dreamcast development machine, complete with GD burner and a stack of GDs:
These don't come up for sale very often, and this one comes with all the relevant cables and software required to use it (providing you have an old Windows 98 PC to connect it to). Priced at £1000, this particular specimen is way out of my price range, and to be totally honest I don't want any more useless old technology cluttering up my house...but I thought somebody out there may find this to be of interest. There's a nice article here giving further details on what you can (and can't) do with the HKT-01, and that this one comes with the HKT-04 GD-Rom burner as an added extra is pretty cool.
Sometimes, these units have tags on them giving clues as to where they've been recovered from, but this one doesn't. That said - who knows what could be lying in wait on the unit's hard drive? As an interesting side note, the same site is also listing a box of 50 blank GDs (priced at £250) so the chances are both of these items came from the same place. If you're particularly well off and end up purchasing this item, please be sure to let us know if you find anything interesting on it. Right, it's 6.50am now - I'm off to get some sleep.

3 comments:

Red Ring Rico said...

Pretty expensive considering the bottom of the unit is rusted. Though, the 15 GD-Rs in the cake is worth a lot by itself. Hopefully someone will give it a good home and put it to good use.

Tom Charnock said...

I did wonder about the rust. But I don't know if that'll be an issue for a lot of people as long as it works?

Red Ring Rico said...

I think it will be for someone who just wants the unit, but doesn't want to put the time into fixing it up. It's really cool that it comes with the R9 disc, but as that's already out in the wild, it will most likely be of value to a person who wants fifteen GD-Rs, plus the cake stand and box for it, a physical, pressed SDK R9 disc, the GD-R writer, and a development kit unit which will need some TLC. I'd buy it to get the discs (both the GD-Rs and SDK R9 disc) and another development kit to test my game with, but there's the missing £1,000 in my account =P.