Not too long ago a mass storage solution arrived on the Sega Dreamcast, replacing the console's internal disc drive. As fantastic as the GDEMU is, it would appear a much more advanced alternative has hit the scene via Russia - the USB-GDROM Controller.
This new disc drive replacement is the latest creation of MNEMO, the brains behind the Panasonic 3DO USB-Host - a similar device which allows you to boot games from USB storage such as flash drives. The USB-GDROM Controller for the Sega Dreamcast works in a near identical fashion to its 3DO sibling, allowing retro gamers to access game ISOs from USB storage through a system menu.
The aforementioned GDEMU now appears to be sadly outdated in terms of functionality, as this new offering from MNEMO casts aside the limited space available in SD cards in favourite of USB storage up to 2TB. Furthermore, the fiddly way of switching between games on the GDEMU has been eclipsed by the USB-GDROM Controller's built in menu system, allowing you to browse your selection of ISOs on the attached storage.
Several videos of this all new Dreamcast DIY modification have been uploaded to YouTube by its creator, leaving plenty of promise for those interested. At the time of writing though, it would appear only eight USB-GDROM Controllers have been built - all of which will no doubt have been snapped up by now. A new run of boards are expected to arrive in the near future, each set to cost around €130.
USB-GDROM Controller Dreamcast Drive Replacement
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