4x Memory Card
From Sega Retro
|4x Memory Card|
|Made for: Sega Dreamcast|
|Type: Memory card|
It is a device that holds 800 blocks of memory as opposed to the standard 200. The Dreamcast, however, can only understand memory cards with 200 blocks, so the data is divided into four "pages". There is a switch on the unit used to access the other 600 blocks, and LEDs to inform the user which set of data they are currently using. Switching tricks the Dreamcast into thinking a different VMU has been inserted, but means you can only access 200 blocks at a time.
There are some slight annoyances - due to its design, if a user saves on the fourth set of save blocks, he or she will be required to press the button three times shortly after booting up the console, as the device will always default to the first set. There is also no screen or buttons, so you can't take advantage of VMU-specific features. On the plus side, it does not require its own battery and so will never "squeak" when the system is turned on.
Games which do not recognise the 4x Memory Card
Games which do not support in-game page switching
- Frame Gride won't display the device, but will still save.
- Napple Tale: Arsia in Daydream requires a VMU in the other slot (the order doesn't matter)
- Virtua Striker 2 Ver. 2000.1 requires two controllers to be plugged in
There 4x Memory Card was rolled out across Japan and North America (including a Phantasy Star Online branded one for Japan). No official 4x Memory Cards made it to Europe but there are many unofficial alternatives.
- Main article: 4x Memory Card/Magazine articles.
Phantasy Star Online model
|Dreamcast, JP (Phantasy Star Online)|
- Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Dreamcast
- https://sega.jp/history/hard/dreamcast/devices.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-02 04:53)
- http://sega.jp/dc/hard/mc_4x/ (Wayback Machine: 2014-12-27 13:02)
- http://www.d-direct.ne.jp:80/shop/pc/camp/DDperi.asp (Wayback Machine: 2001-03-03 02:47)
- Official Dreamcast Magazine, "March 2001" (US; 2001-01-28), page 15
- Official Dreamcast Magazine, "March 2001" (US; 2001-01-28), page 17
- http://www.sega.co.jp/dreamcast/hardware/mc4x.html (Wayback Machine: 2001-03-06 14:39)