Retro-bit SEGA USB and Bluetooth Genesis, Saturn and Dreamcast accessories revealed!

Discussion in 'Sega Dreamcast Development and Research' started by Anthony817, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. Anthony817

    Anthony817 Resolute Member

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    So after the announcement late last year, we finally have clear HD pictures of the products coming from RetroBit. Remember, these are official licensed Sega products apparently using the official molds of the original controllers, and made to be wireless with a bluetooth dongle you plug into the front of the console.

    These images come to us courtesy of Sega Bits.

    http://segabits.com/blog/2018/01/10...is-saturn-and-dreamcast-accessories-revealed/

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    Hoping that the controllers are usable on each other, as I would so love to pair the Saturn controller with the DC dongle.

    I tweeted at them asking if we could possibly see other licensed products from them such as a licensed optical mouse, as that for me would be pretty amazing. I also am hoping they release colored Dreamcast console outer shells with the first party decals on them like if they were official products. I mean that black controller looks so nice it would be a shame if they couldn't also pump out replacement shells.
     
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    Jord9622 Site Supporter 2014 Site Benefactor

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    Wow thanks for the link I will definitely check it out now!
     
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    These look cool, hope the bluetooth is low latency on original hardware.
     
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    MonkeyBoyJoey 70's Robot Anime GEPPY-X (PS1) Fanatic

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    I hope those controllers work well and are good quality. I don't play my DC or V-Saturn often but I would love to get one for them or PC. Probably should get some Saturn games for my V-Saturn first....
     
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    dark Dauntless Member

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    YES! I want these!
     
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    Johnny Gran Turismo Freak and Site Supporter 2013,2015

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    A decent (hopefully) saturn usb controller? I'm in.
     
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    If they do release them, I hope they not only matches they quality of the original, but surpasses them as well. I held an original MD controller the other day, and man do they feel mushy. I don't know if it's just nostalgia, but were they always this sloppy compared to the SNES? The NES and SNES controllers still hold up.
     
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    Eh, I wouldn't say it is as advanced as the Saturn pad. When I had my Genesis in the 90's and then when I got my Saturn in 98 I noticed a huge difference in how it felt. Not that the Mega Drive/Genesis had shit quality controllers, just that technology and quality had evolved a lot within Sega when the time came for the Saturn to come out. Remember the Mega Drive came out in what 88-89? Casual gamers don't obviously have the same idea as hard core Sega fans about how Saturn pads are the best digital controllers, but we know our shit.

    There is a reason official Saturn USB pads were made for PC for a few years in the early naughts. They were the best when it came to games that used purely digital input such as fighters, shmups, as well as classic emulators. The Saturn D-Pad is still way better than pretty much any modern controller out today. True 8-way input and great 6 face buttons as well as nice clicky shoulder buttons.

    My brother in particular is a casual gamer when it comes to Sega hardware. He doesn't agree with me on the Saturn pad. But he is a huge Nintendo and Sony fan. So meh. I like anything I can game on, try not to be a fanboy. I play on every console I can get my hands on as well as PC. But Sega has me by the balls and Saturn and Dreamcast are my favorites.

    PC is my current favorite, for obvious reasons as it is objectively the best and most powerful system since it is constantly evolving and a free open system.

    Also, you have to realize, the system came out almost 30 years ago. So no fucking way a 30 year old controller will feel as snappy as a brand new controller.
     
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    Arcadia Robust Member

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    I agree with you on the Saturn controller, I really feel they got it right, both the Japanese and the first western controller.

    But I have to disagree with you on your last argument, the NES controller is as precise as it has ever been. The directional buttons are extremely tight even today.
     
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    Wait, where did I say NES was shit? While I agree the NES controller is tight too, I wouldn't say it is the worst or trash.
     
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    You said 30 year old controllers cant/won't feel as snappy as they did.

    He counted that the nes one is still fine after this time.
     
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    the dreamcast controller bluetooth playing with on computer and real dreamcast :cool:
     
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    @Bad_Ad84 Ah I get it now thanks not sure why I didn't get what he was saying before.

    @fafadou, yep that is why it will be great to have the wireless one. Although using that on PC wouldn't be something I would do much since I got wireless 360 controllers. The Saturn pad would be great to have for PC though especially for 2d games and emulators.

    I just hope the dongles can easily be firmware flashed to allow the other consoles controllers to work on each other. I see no reason it can't be made to? Saturn controller on Dreamcast wirelessly would be great.
     
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    I supposed the modern computer can see the bluetooth and the dreamcast have a dongle I can see on the right of the picture.
     
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    Ok they posted an update and showed off some new mock-ups of dual analog stick Mega Drive/Genesis and Saturn pads! I for one hope they do this for Dreamcast as well so we can have a true dual analog controller we could use for modern homebrew and indie ports, or emulate face buttons like the C buttons/stick on n64/Gamecube. I can see a future where new indies and homebrew utilize dual sticks, or we could emulate D-Pad or face buttons on it via a PC configuration app so we could remap controls to it in FPS games. After all the Dreamcast had a driver for a dual-stick controller not mentioning Virtual on Mech sticks.

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    Retro-Bit, a premier publisher and manufacturer of classic gaming products, is proud to announce the unveiling of their eagerly awaited SEGA controller lineup, featuring the same great quality as their original hardware counterparts like the original console port, but also with modern upgrades such as a USB® port for PC compatibility and Bluetooth® wireless technology. The complete first line of the officially licensed Retro-Bit SEGA products will arrive this November and include:
    • Genesis Wired 6-Button Original Port Controller (Black, Clear Blue)
    • Genesis Wired 8-Button USB® Port Controller (Black, Clear Blue)
    • Genesis Bluetooth® Controller (Black)
    • Genesis Bluetooth® Receiver
    • Megadrive Wired 6-Button Original Port Controller (Black, Clear Blue)
    • Megadrive Wired 8-Button USB® Port Controller (Black, Clear Blue)
    • Megadrive Bluetooth® Controller (Black)
    • Megadrive Bluetooth® Receiver
    • Saturn Wired Original Port Controller (Black, Slate Grey)
    • Saturn Wired USB® Port Controller (Black, Slate Grey)
    • Saturn Bluetooth® Controller (Black)
    • Saturn Bluetooth® Receiver
    The first look at this SEGA lineup will be exhibited at Gamescom 2018, one of the world’s largest video game expos, showcasing the Megadrive and Saturn accessories at the Game Outlet Booth #A041 in Hall 04.2 of the Koelnmesse Convention Center

    “We are excited to be working with SEGA to release controllers of the same quality and standards of their timeless classics,” said Titi Ngoy, President and CEO at Innex Inc. the exclusive distributor of Retro-Bit. “We’re excited to unveil the first of these new products at Gamescom, which will be the first of many controllers and peripherals we will be launching.”

    Source: http://retro-bit.com/blog/post/retrobit-unveils-first-wave-of-officially-licensed-sega-products/#tw
    https://twitter.com/RetroBitGaming/status/1031975733151903746
     
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    wow, is that dual thumbsticks?
     
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    Yes sir, read my top part of the post. I bet you anything we will get a dual stick DC controller now too! I hope the Saturn one is compatible with PS3, I am pretty sure it should be but if so, dream controller! I just recently got a PS3 last week and installed a 600gb hdd, and 4.82 CFW on it, so loving it for all those great fighting games.
     
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    might not be a bad idea to track down the old discovery that the maple bus has inputs for a second analog stick and contact the right people at retro-bit to incorporate that somehow into the new controller
     

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