|The VGA Box is a device
sold by SEGA that allows you to hookup your Dreamcast to your VGA computer
monitor. The advantage to doing this is the much great image fidelity you
get with a monitor over a standard NTSC television set.
Note that games have to be VGA Box
compatible to work, but this should not be a problem as almost all games
are compatible with the device except for a few exceptions.
The left side in the picture above
shows the RCA (two audio and video), and S-Video inputs. The right side
holds the 15-pin VGA port, and an additional audio jack, so you can hook
up some earphones, or your PC speakers.
Setup is very easy with this device,
as you just plug it into the DC, and then plug your monitor into it, and
turn the DC on. The red LED pictured above comes on, when the VGA box is
attached to the Dreamcast, and when the DC is powered up.
A quote from NCS
on how much better Sonic Adventure looks with the VGA Box:
Adventure is VGA compatible so we popped that in for a run. The details
that are brought out by the VGA Box are evident on the Sonic Adventure
logo screen. To the right of the lettering is a faded image of stairs and
'castle' walls. We never noticed that before. The battle with the puddle
creature shows off the micro details that one may not notice with a standard
video display. As the camera pans around the puddle beast, you'll notice
that the water inside of it is in constant motion with mini waves, streaming
bubbles and turgid random movement. Even as you dash into Mr. Puddle, it's
body continues the watery dance inside, oblivious to the battle outside.
(Source: NCS, Cornel, Richard Ho - aka
NoriPhd by email, HK gamer named "valis")
Emerald Coast never looked so good with a realistic ocean, a sandy beach,
blue skies and brilliantly colored beach umbrellas. It looks warm. The
seagulls overhead are crisp and the palm trees appear true to life. One
thing that we found ourselves doing was stopping Sonic at various vantage
points to rotate him to get a 360 degree view of his surroundings. Just
to see how everything looked with new video. The DC does nature scenes
exceptionally well. Rock formations look like real rocks while trees, ferns
and mosses look like real flora. Sonic is a gorgeous game and the VGA Box
brings it all out. Sort of like video makeup. NCS condones S-Video but
VGA is nirvana. XRGB upscan fans and purists should absolutely pick one
of these up. Nothing is better for DC video at this stage of Dreamcast