Here’s the Divers 2000 series CX-1 Dreamcast, a rare all-in-one console unit developed by Fuji, intended as a video communications and gaming device for the consumer and hospitality markets. Released just one year before production of the entire Dreamcast platform ceased, the CX-1 was unique, short-lived, and expensive, selling for over four times the 19,900¥ price of the standard Dreamcast console at the time.
Highly sought after by collectors, the Morolian-iMac hybrids are generally difficult to find, although several years ago, Rklok, a reseller in the Netherlands, managed to acquire a fair number of new-in-box units and he’s been trickling them out ever since, so they aren’t quite as rare outside of Japan as they once were. Expect to pay around $600-800 (hey, less than original retail!) for a boxed and complete Divers.
If you’re patient, and don’t mind either incomplete or slightly abused merchandise, the occasional deal can be had; it just may take a year or two of waiting before it happens.
The original press release, from March 24, 2000, introduces the console well:
Fuji Television Network to Launch TV With Dreamcast PowerVR Series2 Technology
Television Set Features Sega Dreamcast Technology For Game Play And Internet
Imagination Technologies the international company that develops, licenses and supplies market-leading 2D/3D graphics, digital video, audio and speech technologies is pleased to report that CSK, Sega and Fuji Television Network (http://www.fujitv.co.jp) have announced a new multi function TV set incorporating PowerVR Series2 technology.
The system, called Divers 2000 Series CX-1, features inbuilt technology from Sega’s Dreamcast console including the PowerVR 2DC graphics processor designed by Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR Technologies division and manufactured by NEC.
Divers 2000 Series CX-1, which is fully compatible with Dreamcast software, will be available in May, exclusively in Japan, for 88,888 yen (approx. $830 USD).
Divers 2000 Series CX-1 features a 14inch television, the DreamEye Dreamcast digital camera and a Dreamcast keyboard and game-controller. All components are rendered in a stylish black colour. The system can run a custom version of the Microsoft WindowsCE operating system and is powered by a Hitachi SH4 200MHz CPU and PowerVR 2DC graphics processor with a high-density GD-Drive for games and CD playback. The system can also function with a Dreamcast modem for Internet access and features a dedicated MIDI connection for music devices.
Divers 2000 Series CX-1 can be pre-ordered by Japanese customers now on the Internet at www.d-max.net.
Paraphernalia & Scans
These scans are being made available online for the first time, tonight. Enjoy!
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