NullDC...On Your Phone

We've all seen the Treamcast and the other unofficial portable Dreamcasts created by very talented gamers with perhaps a little too much free time on their hands. They're pretty nifty little(ish) contraptions in the main - I mean, who wouldn't want to be able to play Spirit of Speed or Championship Surfer on a crowded train?! Sadly, the electrical engineering skills required to fashion such a device were not bequeathed unto us all, fellow Dreamcasters. For instance, I recently tried to replace the fuse in the vacuum cleaner's plug and ended up setting the curtains alight (long story, only 3% factual). But wait! What's this? Somebody has come to our aid! No longer do you need a doctorate in soldering in order to take your Dreamcast experience out of the dingy bedsit you call home:

That's right - now (or at least sometime soon) you can play DC games on your Android device! As you can see from the video, this new incarnation of the NullDC emulator for Android is in an early stage of development, but I still think it's pretty impressive. If they can sort out the frame rate issues, then this looks like a very interesting little app. Sadly, this particular Dreamcaster won't be able to experience it first hand due to the fact that I have a BlackBerry phone and tablet thingy, but it's definitely worth keeping an eye on.


Unknown said...

Hey guys, this actually doesn't work half bad in its current form from what I hear. The phone in use is an Xperia Play (the same phone I use and refuse to upgrade) which only runs a 1 gig processor and an old Adreno 205 gpu and while it can't play the Dreamcast very well newer devices like the Galaxy S3 can using NullDCe. There are still a bit of quirks in certain games since the emulator is still in its early stages but I've seen Shenmue running full speed on an S3.

Tom Charnock said...

Thanks for the info Brian. There you go folks - if any of you have a new-fangled Galaxy S3, get your Jet Set Radio on during the daily commute. Fantastic!

OatBob said...

more importantly, Crazy Taxi is on iOS and Android this week... with the original soundtrack! Offspring and Bad Religion. HEY HEY HEY, HERE WE GO!