Dreamcast Dev.Box

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Fast facts on the Dreamcast Dev.Box
Manufacturer: Sega
Made for: Sega Dreamcast
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
? HKT-01

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The Dreamcast Katana Dev.Box is the official development kit for the Sega Dreamcast. It is the tool used by the majority of Dreamcast developers to produce Dreamcast games.

The Katana DB is effectively a computer, but with four Dreamcast controller ports and a GD-ROM disc drive. It has a region switch plus various debugging features, and is compatible with S-Video, RCA and VGA television outputs. The major difference between the Katana DB and a normal Dreamcast is that the Katana DB can interface with a Windows (or Macintosh) computer, as well as various other development components for testing and debugging.

There are supposedly at least four slightly different variants numbered HKT-0100, HKT-0110, HKT-0120 and HKT-0130 and the specifications can vary slightly between each model. Documentation is scarce, however earlier models may not have the hardware to interface with the GD-Writer and other components, and some lack built-in hard drives. Hard drives can not be bigger than 4GB otherwise the Katana DB won't be able to understand.

Katana DBs are valuable collectors' items, not just because of their rarity, but due to the possible contents which lie within. In some situations prototype or unreleased games have been found stored in second-hand Katana DB hard drives.



Sega Dreamcast Hardware
 Dreamcast Variations   Dreamcast consoles in Japan (Special) | Overseas
 Console Add-ons   Dreamcast Karaoke | Dreameye
Game Controllers   Controller | Arcade Stick | Fishing Controller | Gun (Dream Blaster) | Racing Controller | Maracas Controller | Twin Stick | Keyboard | Mouse
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 | Modular Extension Cable | Broadband Adapter | Dreamphone
Connector Cables   Onsei Setsuzoku Cable | RF Adapter | Scart Cable | S Tanshi Cable | Stereo AV Cable | VGA Box

Dreamcast MIDI Interface Cable | Neo Geo Pocket/Dreamcast Setsuzoku Cable | Taisen Cable

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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