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Dreamcast Microphone

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Dreamcast Microphone
Manufacturer: Sega
Made for: Sega Dreamcast
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Dreamcast
JP
¥7,000 HKT-7200
Sega Dreamcast
US
$? ?
Sega Dreamcast
UK
£14.99[1]
Sega Dreamcast
FR
?F
Sega Dreamcast
DE
DM ?
Sega Dreamcast
ES
?Ptas


The Dreamcast Microphone, known as the Dreamcast Mic Device (ドリームキャスト マイクデバイス) in Japan, is a microphone peripheral for the Sega Dreamcast. Taking up a VMU slot, the microphone was developed for use with Seaman, though became compatible with other games during late 2000 and 2001.

Hardware

While the Dreamcast Microphone was in some ways innovative for a video game console (even though it is usually the later Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 that are credited for bringing online voice chat to the mainstream), the device was not sold in large volumes, owing to the fact that outside of Japan, Sega did not release it as a stand-alone unit. In North America it was bundled exclusively with Seaman and Alien Front Online, while in Europe it was only available throug the retail version of Planet Ring (which, perhaps awkwardly, was released as a free extra in the UK's Official Dreamcast Magazine without the microhphone, leaving a distinct possibility of users having two copies of the game).

The European situation is made more awkward in that Planet Ring was itself a low budget, limited-run game with little marketing exposure. This meant the limited voice chat features introduced with Dreamkey Version 2.0 were effectively exclusive to owners of Planet Ring.

List of compatible games

Had Propeller Arena been released, this too would also have been compatible with the accessory.

Magazine articles

Main article: Dreamcast Microphone/Magazine articles.

Physical scans

Dreamcast, JP
DreamcastMicrophone DC JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Dreamcast, US

MicrophoneInstructionManualU.pdf
Manual

References


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