IntoDream, the ‘portable’ Dreamcast

What looks like an absolute mess of wires,5 fans,3 batteries, and other miscellaneous equipment squeezed into a Tupperware box on the left? At first we didn’t believe it, but it is actually [John's] fully functioning slick-looking portable Dreamcast on the right. The system runs Quake 3 for a little over 2 hours, not too bad considering it is also powering a VMU, rumble pad, 5 inch LCD screen, and did we mention 5 fans! All in all, it’s still smaller than the original Xbox controller, and we like that one of the greatest consoles is getting some well deserved respect. Check out the work log and a video of it functioning after the break.

Comments

  1. b says:

    awesome! muah ha ha… first comment!

    comments aside… this is a really cool project
    I wonder If it can run doom.

  2. polymath says:

    Holy crap! It looks like an 8 bit video card took a visual dump in a box. Props for the compact multicolored head ache inducing layout!

  3. Timothy says:

    I want one!

  4. Osgeld says:

    jeez, ribbon cable and some planning might make this thing not look like bender threw up in it

    But once its together its quite attractive, I am torn

  5. Gordunk says:

    You realize of course that this project isn’t the first of its kind, and that this has been done a few times before, more notably the DreamTrooper by Hailrazer(http://forums.benheck.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=26128 )

    However, it IS the first one I’ve seen to incorporate the VMU, so props to Bacteria for that.

  6. Paul says:

    I am interested as to how those fans circulate the air in there…

  7. mikeymike says:

    i would pay for one

  8. SoulSalmon says:

    @Paul, Air? what air? theres no air in that box, just wires and parts xD

  9. babble says:

    that would be perfect for the commute to work

  10. Doc Oct says:

    I like how the back of it looks like he took the top half of a psone case and spray painted it to match the rest of this thing.

  11. Wolf says:

    One of the greatest handheld hacks I’ve ever seen. Of course the case is cluttered, I wouldn’t have even thought it was possible to pack a the motherboard, disk-drive, screen, controller and batteries into such a small case.

    Just amazing.

  12. Wolf says:

    @Gordunk,

    Just checked out the dreamtrooper, that one’s awesome as well. I don’t know how I’d missed these before

  13. AnthonyDi says:

    This is by far the best dreamcast hack I’ve seen, mainly because the disc drive isn’t exposed like some of the other ones.

  14. aph says:

    I have been following the build log of sorts here: http://www.assemblergames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24490

  15. Gerty says:

    Legend!

  16. Ninja says:

    absolutely beautiful

  17. grovenstien says:

    Fans! Awsomeness

  18. fre says:

    “one thing to remember when doing these kind of projects is to make shure you have enough wire…” :D

  19. Mustakar says:

    What an awful mess. Nice to see it works though.

  20. I would have liked to see the VMU removable as opposed to integrated, there isn’t much storage space on those things, it probably would have been less work for him to do that too.

    also ribbon cables FTW, it’s not like we don’t all have boxes full of old IDEs ribbons laying around.

  21. Simon says:

    its funny, John (bacteria) has been banned from both Benheck and modretro for his attitude towards other modders. though i appreciate some of the ideas he has had, his execution is nothing short of terrible. portables held together with duct tape and hot glue are not what i would call quality work.

    and its even funnier how all of these Dreamcast handhelds keep getting missed:

    http://forums.benheck.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=35369

    http://forums.benheck.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=26140

  22. Doodle says:

    Yeah, Bacteria is a total prick and advertises his own things for sale instead of offering methods of how to do something.

  23. doodlebug says:

    That just looks like a total mess of wires, tape and glue, seriously, what a horrendous mess -inside and out, its awful.

  24. Gerty says:

    I love duct tape and hot glue!

    If you buy this though, you are crazy.

  25. James says:

    Somebody needs to forward this to ThereIFixedIt, now.

  26. Jim says:

    Was someone high when they did this, it is a mess.

  27. No, Simon, I left Benheck and Modretro of my own accord because of dishonourable people with no sense of decency and regard for other members; it is clear from your post you are one of them; and Doodle too by the looks of it.

    Doodle – you are an idiot – I am not adverting things for sale and have uploaded guides to make the systems too. Don’t be a waste of oxygen. The main portablizer on the net who doesn’t make guides and constantly advertises stuff is BenHeck himself, he makes a living touting his goods; I just do my work purely as a hobby in contrast; what little I sold in the past hasn’t even covered costs, in contrast!

    As to everyone else, thanks for the comments. Yes, it is very tight inside the case, barely got it to shut. Yes, lots of wiring indeed, which is representative of the mountain of time this project took to complete.

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  29. Axaj says:

    @elainehuxley

    cool story bro

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