|Fast facts on the Dreamcast Zip Drive|
|Manufacturer: Sega, Iomega|
|Made for: Sega Dreamcast|
The drive was conceived after there was a strong demand for more storage space than Sega servers were offering to save email and web pages onto. The drive could also save game-updata data so all those extra quake maps could be played at home. The 100MB storage disk drive is essentially the same as the ones made for PC's with slight modifications made to make it compatible with the Dreamcast.
The device was made to fit under the Dreamcast, using the slot the modem plugs into on the console. The modem then plugged into the side of the Zip drive. Also included is a front-mounted USB port, which would have allowed the connection of all kinds of new peripherals, to help promote the console as a home entertainment/information system.
The Dreamcast formatted Zip disks were not set to be compatible with the PC Zip drives, but it was suggested that software for the PC would eventually be released to solve this issue.
The Zip drive reportedly made it to a late stage of development, being priced at $199 USD and being set for release during the third quarter of 2000. The reason for its cancellation is unclear, though the Zip disk format was already in decline by mid-1999, and it was likely an expensive add-on to manufacture.
A prototype of the unit is known to exist, and was last spotted on eBay in autumn 2007.
|Sega Dreamcast Hardware|
|Dreamcast Variations||Special Dreamcast Models|
|Console Add-ons||Dreamcast Karaoke | Dreameye|
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|Controller Add-ons||Jump Pack (Third Party) | Microphone | VMU (Third Party)|
|Controller Connectors||DC Tsunaident 123 | Dream Connection 2 in 1 | Dream Connection 4 in 1 | Dream Connection II | Super Converter 3 | Total Control | Total Control 2 | Total Control Plus | Total Control 3 | Total Control 5|
|Development Hardware||Dreamcast Dev.Box | Controller Box | Dreamcast Controller Function Checker | Sound Box | GD-Writer | C1/C2 Checker | Dev.Cas | Dreamcast GD-ROM Duplicator|
|Online Services/Add-ons||Dreamarena | SegaNet | WebTV for Dreamcast | Modem | Modular Cable | Dreamcast Modular Extension Cable | Broadband Adapter | Dreamphone|
|Connector Cables||5-Pin Cable | Audio Cable | RF Adapter | Scart Cable | Stereo AV Cable | VGA Adapter|
|Misc. Hardware||Action Replay | Code Breaker | Kiosk | MP3 DC | MP3 DC Audio Player | Treamcast|
|Unreleased Accessories||Dreamcast DVD Player | Dreamcast Zip Drive | Swatch Access for Dreamcast | VMU MP3 Player|
|Arcade Variants||Sega NAOMI | Atomiswave | Sega Aurora|
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