Dreamcast VS Link cable available for pre-order

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Xiden
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Dreamcast VS Link cable available for pre-order

Post#1 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:55 pm

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Hey everyone,

Dreamcast VS Link Cables Are Now Available for Pre-Order from Kevin Mellott. The Cost for a cable is $85 plus shipping.

To order send a request to: mellottsvrpage@gmail.com

Once the orders are in he expects to start shipping in 4-6 weeks.
You can view the prototype photos below, more will be added once parts come in from factory.

About the Creator: Kevin Mellot
For those are unfamiliar with his work, Kevin has created some really cool stuff including the amazing Virtual Boy Link cable (That never even existed!) His work was even featured on Linus Tech Tips! I can certainly vouch for his work as top notch. He's also in the process of making a Virtual Boy flash cart.... but that's another story for another forum.

As many of you know, the Dreamcast VS Cable is super rare as it was only released in Japan. When they pop up on Ebay they are priced at $300-400+ Dollars.... So having a readily available 3rd party solution for a more reasonable cost would be far better.

Now the most important question is how many games actually work with this thing?

Ferrari 355,
Aero Dancing F,
Aero Dancing I,
Sega Tetris,
Virtual-On: Oratario Tangram

Potentially more could be added to this list via Home Brew as that's how the Virtual Boy scene has gone.
So if you're like me and love the dreamcast and would really like to have access to one of the most rare accessories let preorder today through Kevin!

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Sega1Dream
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Re: Homemade Dreamcast VS Link cable project interest.

Post#2 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:18 pm

What games take advantage of this this type of connection?

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Xiden
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Re: Homemade Dreamcast VS Link cable project interest.

Post#3 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:30 pm

A small number of games, its more of a collectors item but maybe future home brewers can make more compatible games. I want one due to how expensive as crap they are on ebay and just being able to use the dreamcast serial port finally lol.

Aero Dancing F
Aero Dancing i
F355 Challenge
Sega Tetris
Virtual On Oratorio Tangram
Sega Rally 2 Supposedly Also has it.

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Sega1Dream
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Re: Homemade Dreamcast VS Link cable project interest.

Post#4 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:04 pm

Lol, I totally get it Xiden. Just want a reason to use that serial port!

If the price is right, I would be interested in one I guess.
Be curious to link up two Dreamcast at a LAN type thing.

Xiden wrote:A small number of games, its more of a collectors item but maybe future home brewers can make more compatible games. I want one due to how expensive as crap they are on ebay and just being able to use the dreamcast serial port finally lol.

Aero Dancing F
Aero Dancing i
F355 Challenge
Sega Tetris
Virtual On Oratorio Tangram
Sega Rally 2 Supposedly Also has it.

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BananaXX
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Re: Homemade Dreamcast VS Link cable project interest.

Post#5 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:20 pm

I would be interested as creating a DIY coder cable would be much easier given a proper serial port connector rather than hacking up old motherboards or HDMI cables.

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Re: Homemade Dreamcast VS Link cable project interest.

Post#6 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:11 pm

I'd buy one (at the right price).
This was being talked about a lot recently on various forums... Good that someone is finally pulling the trigger.
Anyone knows about how much is charged for the virtual boy cable?

The best reason to buy it is to run versus setups at your local conventions/gatherings!! Let it live!
Also an indie game could use the feature if cables become easier to find...

Sega Rally doesn't have it, Hellgate's beta have it.

BloodBrother
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Re: Homemade Dreamcast VS Link cable project interest.

Post#7 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:23 pm

Im definitely interested, admittidely i dont have a use for it, but i want one nonetheless!

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krssn
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Re: Homemade Dreamcast VS Link cable project interest.

Post#8 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:36 pm

BananaXX wrote:I would be interested as creating a DIY coder cable would be much easier given a proper serial port connector rather than hacking up old motherboards or HDMI cables.

Display port connector looks like a good candidate too with a little trimming. Better than HDMI.

Unless the pitch is different of course.

Anybody with a display port cable able to check if the pin distance is the same?...

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BananaXX
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Re: Homemade Dreamcast VS Link cable project interest.

Post#9 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:00 pm

krssn wrote:Display port connector looks like a good candidate too with a little trimming. Better than HDMI.

Unless the pitch is different of course.

Anybody with a display port cable able to check if the pin distance is the same?...


According to this guy the pins on the bottom row of a HDMI connector are lined up with those of the serial port on the Dreamcast. Maybe someone out there can use this info to make serial connectors.

mstar
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Re: Homemade Dreamcast VS Link cable project interest.

Post#10 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:22 am

At the right price i might consider getting one too (even though i don't really need one :P )

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