The Sega Dreamcast video game console
had several light guns
between the years of 2000
The Dreamcast Gun is a light gun that was made specifically for the Sega Dreamcast; however, it was released only in Europe and Asia, where it is the official light gun for use. It works on American consoles, as all Dreamcast peripherals are region-free. American gamers could either import this controller at inflated prices, or choose from two third-party controllers released for the system. However, the Dreamcast Gun was purposely disabled for use with American games. This was an intentional move on Sega's part, who were worried about bad press after the Columbine High School massacre. Instead, Mad Catz released an officially licensed light gun in America, which does work with Sega's US gun games. The official European and Asian Sega Dreamcast Gun does work with Virtua Cop 2 on the Sega Smash Pack (which was only released in the United States) as well as the 'Big Car Hunter' minigame in Demolition Racer: No Exit. It also works with all freeware Dreamcast lightgun games.
The pistol-shaped gun has one expansion slot that is compatible with the VMU and the vibration pack. This allows the player(s) to save their games and get a more authentic arcade-like experience. The gun has been acclaimed by users as being extremely accurate.
This light gun was manufactured by Interact. This accessory featured a directional pad on its left side, and two start and B buttons on each side. It has an auto-reload trigger (located just in front of the gun trigger), which gave gamers mixed results. The auto-reload had split-second delay, and although more realistic in terms of timing, was not exactly what many gamers had in mind. With a Jump Pack plugged in, it can simulate recoil when shots are fired.
Mad Catz's Dream Blaster is the official Dreamcast light gun for use in the United States. This is the reason why it features official Sega branding on the side of the gun and has a design mimicking the Dreamcast Gun. This gun also features an auto-reload feature. However, unlike the Star Fire Light Blaster, it lacks the delay, thus giving the player(s) an infinite stream of ammunition.
SRC Bio Gun
The Bio Gun is identical in form to the Saturn light gun, but is a beige color similar to the Dreamcast console. It incorporates auto fire and auto reload functions, has internal vibration, an 8-way directional pad, and B/Start buttons.
This gun will work with any Dreamcast and is the only gun that is compatible with the Silent Scope game. Silent scope does NOT support light guns.
There is a mode selector switch at the side of the gun.
The selector switch has two modes, auto and single fire.
The Bio Gun is multi-region. Works with PAL and NTSC Dreamcasts.
A third party "made in china" light gun for the Dreamcast. The Virtual Blaster
bears the brand name Topmax
It looks very similar to the Dream Blaster except that it is slightly shorter and does not have a rubber grip.
- Small 8-directional D-Pad, B and START button on the back of the gun
- 3 shooting modes: manual, auto-reload and auto-fire/reload (3-position slider button on the left side of the barrel)
- Built in vibration function that can be switched off (2-position slider button on the right side of the barrel)
- Memory Pack slot
The auto-fire/reload does not have any delay.
The DCX Blaster
is an almost exact clone of the original Dreamcast Gun
, except that it's painted black and has minor stylistic variations. It features a single expansion slot for rumble pack or memory card and is compatible in all regions. It is variable firing configurations which include: manual-reload & triggered-fire, auto-reload & triggered-fire, and auto-reload & auto-fire.
Hais DC Lightgun with Kick-Back
Hais DC Lightgun with Kick-Back is a light gun compatible with all Dreamcast light gun titles.
It has 3 modes of operation which are selected using a switch: "Normal" (single shot), "AR" (single shot with auto reload) and "AR+AF" (automatic fire with automatic reload).
The gun features a kick-back feature where the slide actually kicks back and forth every shot (which can be disabled using a switch). For this functionality, however, the gun requires an additional power supply to be plugged into the gun's plug on the Dreamcast console.
The gun is modeled after a Desert Eagle
, and is white with orange buttons. There are also versions sold under the "Desert Eagle" label that are all black. It's bulky, but not unmanageably so. There is no VMU slot. The gun features a D-pad and Start and B buttons beneath the barrel and an additional B Button is on the grip itself.
Though the hammer is articulated, it has no function.
Hais DC Mini Gun
The Hais DC Mini Gun is a Dreamcast light gun compatible with all US Dreamcast light gun titles. It has both single shot and autofire capabilities, and has a built in vibration function (which can be disabled using a switch). The gun is small in comparison to other light guns for the Dreamcast, but is surprisingly comfortable to hold. There are no expansion slots for the Hais DC Mini Gun, meaning it is incompatible with the VMU. The gun features a directional pad and Start and B buttons beneath the barrel. The trigger uses a well-made plastic slide, as opposed to hinged triggers, which produce clicking noises. The trigger weight is also desirably ergonomic. The orange plastic hammer of the gun is actually a functional button capable of triggering a secondary weapon.
SRC DC Wireless Gun
This Dreamcast light gun was modeled after light guns traditionally used in arcades. It is wireless and uses a transmitter that utilizes infrared signals.
The box gives these specifications:
- Responds instantly
- Performs just as well as any "wired" light gun
- Easy to install and operate
- Expansion port is compatible with any Dreamcast memory card
- For best results, the SRC DC should stay within four meters of the receiver
- The distance between the receiver and the TV should not exceed one meter
- The light gun uses one 9V battery to power the IR transmitter
- The receiver has a mode selection switch that allows it to be used with Silent Scope
Counterintuitively, Silent Scope
does not support light guns.