You can discover all kinds of unusual tech on Indiegogo, however this fundraiser for an improved model of the digital memory unit (VMU) for the Sega Dreamcast is one of many zanier devices I’ve heard about this yr (via Notebookcheck). The firm, Dreamware Enterprises, is within the technique of creating the VM2, which it calls a “next-gen VMU for the Dreamcast.” It’s a one-to-one recreation of a area of interest accent made for a failed console that it plans to launch in black or white in the summertime of 2023.
Some of the enhancements appear nice, like a higher-resolution LCD display screen with backlighting, microSD card storage for offloading and injecting saves, a rechargeable battery with USB-C charging, and mini-game help. It’ll ship with PC connectivity, with its personal GUI for Windows. The firmware and software program of the VM2 are being developed by a single particular person named Chris Daioglou. The Indiegogo page states that manufacturing will happen in Greece.
It prices a whopping $114 to put an order for one, and I may simply do it. Why, precisely, do I really need one among these? Because I’m a type of individuals who nonetheless has a Dreamcast of their leisure system. I suppose that I’ve an obsession with dead gaming gadgets.
Enough about me. I might see the VM2 being extremely popular among the many Dreamcast’s surprisingly lively participant base. There are those that nonetheless play it for the enjoyment of a few of the most interesting preventing video games. And then there are the extra concerned followers who’ve discovered methods to host or be a part of devoted servers for on-line video games which were formally out of fee for a number of years. Not to say, some indie builders are nonetheless making video games for the Dreamcast. So, yeah, there’s an viewers for this factor. And that viewers has spoken with its money. The marketing campaign has 18 days left, but it has sailed previous its objective of elevating $89,119.
I would get one as a result of I additionally simply actually dig the unique idea. In case you missed the too-brief Dreamcast years earlier than it was squished by the PS2, the VMU stood out as a result of, in contrast to different memory playing cards, it had a display screen that would show contextual data on a per-game foundation by means of a window on the console’s controller. It might show your well being, your subsequent soccer play, or simply showcase the sport’s brand recreated in pixelated style as you performed. And notably, you possibly can yank it out of the controller and commerce saves by linking up with one other VMU. You might additionally play solitaire on it with its D-pad and two face buttons, maintain Tamagotchi-style pets, or play different mini-games put in from a few of the Dreamcast’s titles. Look, it was a completely different time.
I’ve reached out to Sega for a touch upon this product.