Previews

Feb. 3, 1999 - 12:00pm
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DC VGA Box
    Source: NCS

Here are NCS' thoughts on the newly arrived DC VGA Box that allows you to hook your DC up to a VGA Monitor for better resolutions:

Sega's VGA adaptor for the Dreamcast is in stock today. Costs for the initial shipment were higher than expected and our retail price sits at US$85. The unit looks like one of those Baby Upscan convertor samples that we received a couple of years back. The VGA Box measures roughly 3 x 2 1/2 x 3/4" with a DC video cord that is 6" in length. The cord is permanently attached to the box but is flexible enough so that you can twist it 90 degrees and position the box at a right angle if needed. One side of the VGA Box contains standard RCA (audio and video) and S-Video inputs. The opposite side holds the 15-pin VGA port and an additional audio jack. No external power is required. The set-up process is simple: Plug the VGA Box cord into your Dreamcast and plug your monitor cable into the VGA Box. Upon powering up the Dreamcast, you'll notice that the little light on the VGA Box goes on simultaneously and is the same color as the DC power light.

Sonic Adventure is VGA compatible so we popped that in for a run. The details that are brought out by the VGA Box are evident on the Sonic Adventure logo screen. To the right of the lettering is a faded image of stairs and 'castle' walls. We never noticed that before. The battle with the puddle creature shows off the micro details that one may not notice with a standard video display. As the camera pans around the puddle beast, you'll notice that the water inside of it is in constant motion with mini waves, streaming bubbles and turgid random movement. Even as you dash into Mr. Puddle, it's body continues the watery dance inside, oblivious to the battle outside.

Emerald Coast never looked so good with a realistic ocean, a sandy beach, blue skies and brilliantly colored beach umbrellas. It looks warm. The seagulls overhead are crisp and the palm trees appear true to life. One thing that we found ourselves doing was stopping Sonic at various vantage points to rotate him to get a 360 degree view of his surroundings. Just to see how everything looked with new video. The DC does nature scenes exceptionally well. Rock formations look like real rocks while trees, ferns and mosses look like real flora. Sonic is a gorgeous game and the VGA Box brings it all out. Sort of like video makeup. NCS condones S-Video but VGA is nirvana. XRGB upscan fans and purists should absolutely pick one of these up. Nothing is better for DC video at this stage of Dreamcast development.

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