Dreamcast VGA Cable Compatibility List

While VGA mode is supported by most every Dreamcast games, there are a few that do not support it. Some of the non-VGA games can be patched to be used with a Dreamcast VGA cable by making some quick modifications to the ripped game’s CDI file.

You can also get a full-featured Dreamcast VGA Box that sports both S-Video and Composite Video for non-VGA games.

Fortunately, most of the games that do no support VGA mode aren’t that good anyway. The only game I am bummed out about is Last Blade 2. However, if you must play this game on a VGA monitor, you might as well just emulate it with MAME.

Anyway,  you will find a list of nearly every Dreamcast game and their VGA compatibility status.

See Full Compatibility List at EmuParadise


68 Comments

Rob says:

has anyone tried the dc-x bootdisc?
I only tried one game, army men; after booting up dc-x, push any button, insert the game and change the output to rgb and the game boots up perfectly! Might work with other games as well!?

Mike says:

Does anyone know why my VGA adapter makes my LCD display a weird faint pattern…is this normal when outputting in VGA? It’s hard to describe, but there’s like vertical lines across the screen…looks weird.

I’m not using the box, but the cable with sound output.

Let me know at BBoy.Vector@gmail.com

(does the box have sound output other than RCA?)

Manuel says:

Hi!
I’m from Spain. Anyone could tell me if the Dreamcast Vga Box works with the PAL version (European version) of the Dreamcast? I supose so but i’m not sure about it.
Thanks.

Keith says:

what about under defeat? …just curious, thanks

keith

Richard says:

Ordered the VGA Cable (not the box) today. Will test it directly after I received it on a EIZO Radiforce RX210 21,3inch TFT-screen.

Screen has great specs.

Crownjo says:

I didn’t know some games could be patchable….

Can anyone help me on that?

racketboy says:

I just saw a forum post show up about that — was that you as well?

Buzzolfos says:

I have a dilemma in that I cannot play Evolution 1 (NTSC-U) with the VGA cable I ordered from here, yet it clearly states in the list as well as the back of the box that the game is compatible with one. If anyone can fill me in on a way to resolve this, I’d appreciate your help.

racketboy says:

That’s odd. I assume other games of yours work fine?

Buzzolfos says:

Yeah, they do.

Alex says:

Yeah, Utopia 1.2 claims to have VGA patch.
I tried my bought games, Dragons Blood and
Resident Evil: code veronica and the best
the Utopia could do was make my Dragons
Blood game appear in a fuzzy double image
on my TV and a Ghost image on my TFT monitor.

Looking forward to DC-X or Gameshark Lite doing
a better job when I get them burnt to CD.

gameroomnation says:

Racketboy – i bought the VGA cable http://www.racketboy.com/store/dreamcast-vga-cable-box.htm

and use a Samsung LCD HDTV. For some odd reason, the screen doesn’t fill up the whole screen canvas. Also kinda hard to explain – but the image looks like i get these weird vertical bars

any help in fixing the image?

Indead says:

I was curious, what kind of specs should I look for in an excellent Dreamcast monitor? I have tried 3 different monitors, a 19 inch, a 22 inch, and an older CRT. All of which have shown me very strong jagged edges in all sorts of games. Main ones I’ve tested were Jet Grind Radio, and Soul Calibur. Is there a particular monitor I’m supposed to look for?
I do know that 2 of the monitors I mentioned do run in a 16:10 format.
Unforunately we don’t have a TV that is VGA compatible.
Any help at all is greatly appreciated.

racketboy says:

Actually, the TV you use isn’t going to make a difference with the jaggies — that’s all dependant on if anti-aliasing is taken care of in the game. However, the DC can’t usually handle that. The on downside of the VGA box is that the picture is so clear, you can see all those imperfections. Hope that helps!

Indead says:

So… then why is VGA so outstanding compared to S-Video if the jaggedness degrades picture quality(depending on personal preference of course)? Is it mainly because of the 480p EDTV? Also another question. Has anyone else experienced this – the boot menu icons being transparent while running VGA? Is this supposed to happen?

racketboy says:

It’s all about clarity. That’s why people like the VGA.
So yeah, I guess you could say its a matter of personal preference.

Indead says:

Thanks for getting back to me racketboy, sorry this discussion really should have been on a forum or something lol. Thanks for the feedback, maybe I’ll just have to sit back farther from the monitor to remove some jaggies. I’ll get an HDTV of my own one day, then we’ll see.
You don’t sell Saturn Memory carts do you? just your 1meg/4meg ram carts?

Indead says:

Thanks for getting back to me racketboy, sorry this discussion really should have been on a forum or something lol. Thanks for the feedback, maybe I’ll just have to sit back farther from the monitor to remove some jaggies. I’ll get an HDTV of my own one day, then we’ll see.
You don’t sell Saturn Memory carts, do you? Just your 1meg/4meg ram carts? Also, if you don’t, do you recommend any other place that does?

gary brower says:

i have the vga cable and nfl blitz 2000 and hydro thunder will not work with the vga

Steph says:

Got the VGA cable ultra-quick (to say it came from the US, I’m in the UK), fab and I love it.

Re. “Xiaopang said: My european version of Soul Calibur doesn’t support VGA, but by using the switch trick I still got it working”

My PAL copy (original) of Soul Calibur works fine without any trick, but the image is ‘shifted’ to the right: the output fills the screen during DC boot up sequence (white background then DC logo with jingle), which is also ‘shifted to the right’, but then black bar to the left. Could be my TFT, though.

My PAL copy of Rayman 2 (bootleg) doesn’t work though (DC displays a msg that “the game is not compatible with the AV cable”, or somesuch. The msg has same background as the main DC menu).

Still, niggles aside, a fab item given the picture quality, and thanks very much for the ultra-fast shipping.

Zorlon says:

The above guide was wrote by me and not by anyone on this site, infact it’s a complete copy and paste and has a few errors in it that I will be fixing soon now that I am back online, the new updated list will also have region codes included and a few extra games that I forgot to add last time.

Although the VGA compat list is basicly correct in it’s original state some region versions work while others don’t and this needs rectifying but my update will not be here.

Zorlon says:

I did not and do not give permission for this to be here, the amount of work I put into creating the guide is too much for it just to be stolen and claimed credit for by someone who had nothing to do with my project.

racketboy says:

Hey man — very sorry about this….
Not sure why I didn’t give credit at the time (back in 2006)
I can either give credit however you would like or take it down completely.
Up to you — just let me know
Thanks!

Zorlon says:

I think I better answer this tomorrow, I’m not such a happy chappy at the moment so it would be unwise for us both for me to say anything more at the moment, but I do thank you for recognising me and not dismissing me as some random crazy guy.

racketboy says:

No problem man — again terribly sorry and I appreciate the calm response.

I’m a pretty easy guy to deal with and I don’t make a habit of copy & pasting — especially without giving credit.

It happens to me all the time and it doesn’t make me happy either 🙂

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