GDEMU: Dreamcast Optical Drive Emulator

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The Sega Dreamcast is a disc based system, and as with any console containing moving parts those parts can break down over time.

Recently, someone developed a device, called GDEMU, which can emulate the optical drive by loading the GD-ROM images off of an SD card. This is a great way to not only have access to all your Dreamcast games, while preserving the original copies, but also opens the oppurtunity to have fan-translated and other homebrew games as well.

You can purchase the GDEMU directly from the developer’s website. Since this is mostly a hobby project at this point the pre-order signup list only opens for a short time. Keep your eye on this page to see when the next pre-order opens:

I haven’t been able to get one of these yet, but let me know if you’ve had and how it works out.