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Encyclopedia > Dreamcast VGA

A first and third party peripheral for the Sega Dreamcast, the VGA adapter allowed the Dreamcast to be connected to a computer monitor. In this way the Dreamcast could achieve the benefit of running games at 480p, allowing it to compete with competitors Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft XBOX and Nintendo GameCube when it came to HD/ progressive scan graphics. There were a variety of 3rd party versions made, which were essentially identical in functionality to Sega's model. Some third party adapter were known to have problems when it came to the case, i.e., the monitor cord would not fit in the VGA slot since there was too much surrounding plastic. Other problems included the visual quality. Dreamcast adapters are cheaper because the connector is a VGA to AV cable, making a VGA signal output natural, while other consoles did not have the direct signal to use and instead used RGB cables. Although these problems have been easily fixed by future consoles on VGA compatible high definition televisions, no other flaws were reported. The Dreamcast , code-named White Belt, Black Belt, Dural, Dricas, Vortex, Katana, Shark and Guppy during development) is Segas final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ... Video Graphics Array (VGA) is a computer display standard first marketed in 1987 by IBM. VGA belongs to a family of earlier IBM video standards and largely remains backward compatible with them. ... 480p is the shorthand name for a video mode. ... The two versions of the PS2 with an Eye Toy camera The PlayStation 2 (PS2) (Japanese: プレイステーション2) is Sonys second video game console, after the PlayStation. ... Xbox and a Controller S The Xbox is Microsofts game console, released on November 15, 2001. ... The Nintendo GameCube , GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... REDIRECT RGB color model ...


Although the accessory was produced in great quantity an official VGA box can go for around $50US on eBay, while 3rd party boxes are often sold for under $20US on eBay and other websites. eBay headquarters in San Jose eBay North First Street satellite office campus (home to PayPal) eBay Inc. ...


Alternative Uses

VGA adapters are a parallel alternative connector to display high end resolutions. Component video connectors found on sixth generation consoles can use HD-TV 480 dpi. The VGA adapter also permits a 480 dots per inch function on a specialized HD-TV compatible monitor with a VGA connector, or with a 100 dollar plus video converter. The video converter splits the signals sent from VGA to YPbPr colors. Like with personal computers, these VGA connectors are mostly compatible with monitors and projectors. Video Graphics Array (VGA) is a computer display standard first marketed in 1987 by IBM. VGA belongs to a family of earlier IBM video standards and largely remains backward compatible with them. ... Three cables, each with RCA plugs at both ends, are often used to carry analog component video Component video is a video signal that has been split into two or more components. ... The sixth-generation era (sometimes referred to as the 128-bit era; see Number of bits below) refers to the computer and video games, video game consoles, and video game handhelds available at the turn of the 21st century. ... High-definition television (HDTV) is a digital television broadcasting system with a significantly higher resolution than traditional formats (NTSC, SECAM, PAL). ... Dots per inch (DPI) is a measure of printing resolution, in particular the number of individual dots of ink a printer or toner can produce within a linear one-inch (2. ... YPbPr (also referred to as YPrPb, PrPbY, and PbPrY) is a color space used in video electronics. ...


Trivia

  • Most official American Dreamcast releases were compatible with a VGA box. There are a handful of games that did not include necessary code to use VGA mode. Many of the later SNK ports are good examples of this (eg. Garou: Mark of the Wolves).
  • Workarounds exist to trick all but a handful of games into working with a VGA adapter.
  • Modders have been able to build an internal VGA port

The Dreamcast , code-named White Belt, Black Belt, Dural, Dricas, Vortex, Katana, Shark and Guppy during development) is Segas final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. ...

External links

  • Info about the device
  • Guide to building a VGA port

 
 

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