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Dreamcast Keyboard

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Fast facts on the Dreamcast Keyboard
Manufacturer: Sega
Made for: Sega Dreamcast
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥4,500[1] HKT-7600
Sega Dreamcast
JP (Alt)
¥4,500 HKT-4000
Sega Dreamcast
JP (Hello Kitty)
¥? HKT-7601
Sega Dreamcast
US
$? HKT-7620
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£19.99[3]
Sega Dreamcast
FR
?F
Sega Dreamcast
DE
DM 59,95[4]
Sega Dreamcast
ES
?
Sega Dreamcast
AU
$69.95[5] ?


The Dreamcast Keyboard (ドリームキャストキーボード) is a keyboard peripheral built for the Sega Dreamcast. Though keyboards had existed for consoles in the past, the Dreamcast's keyboard was seen as the first "useful" one, thanks to the Dreamcast's internet capabilities. It was also the first console keyboard to be released internationally in large numbers. Many games can be used in conjunction with the Dreamcast Mouse, effectively simulating PC controls for first person shooters.

Models

Like normal PC keyboards, the Dreamcast keyboard varies between countries due to different key placements. Also as with other peripherals, special editions of the keyboard were made with different color schemes, the majority of which never left Japan.

Japanese keyboards are generally smaller in size, lacking a number pad.

Three versions were released in North America. The original keyboard (or "model 1") was designed to match the aesthetics of early Dreamcast packaging. When Sega of America opted to rebrand the console's packaging, a second keyboard ("model 2") was released. The two are mostly identical, however the model 2 keyboard has a black logo with white text and sports a curved space bar. A separate keyboard was released which received SegaNet branding, though is mostly identical to the second model.

In Europe, keyboards were released with British, French, German, Spanish and Italian layouts.

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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 №216, p69[6]
Sega Dreamcast
60
Based on
1 review

Dreamcast, US
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Dreamcast, US (2nd model)
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Dreamcast, JP (HKT-7600)
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Dreamcast, JP (HKT-4000)
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Dreamcast, JP (Black Version)
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Dreamcast, UK
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Dreamcast, FR

Dreamcast, DE

Dreamcast, ES

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:DreamInformation Vol00.pdf, page 7
  2. Press release: 1999-09-02: Sega Dreamcast Launch Titles and Peripherals
  3. File:CVG UK 215.pdf, page 59
  4. File:SegaMagazin DE 71.pdf, page 7
  5. File:Hyper AU 071.pdf, page 31
  6. File:CVG UK 216.pdf, page 69
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