OK, so, some time ago I was looking into the XBand firmware source code (yes, the same one that was leaked) looking for information about the modem, since I was asked to do that by somebody earlier. I couldn't find anything related to the modem, but instead I found, um, keyboard support
. Yep. Guess that with all the potential candidates for a Mega Drive keyboard eventually we had to hit something.
The XBand source code references to it as "Eric Smith keyboard". What is this keyboard? Well, apparently it's this
. Eric Smith is not a brand, but rather some guy who was asked by some Catapult employee to make an adapter to connect a PC keyboard to a Mega Drive (which explains why it uses the same commands).
This part is interesting though:
Apparently Sega sells a keyboard in Japan, but it isn't available in the USA.
Either somebody at Catapult was bullshitted regarding that, or there's indeed some "Mega Keyboard" out there that we don't know about. Considering the existence of the Mega Terminal
, which went seemingly ignored by us for decades
, I wouldn't be surprised if this is the case for the keyboard as well. Moreover, the keyboard would make perfect sense with the terminal, since that'd turn the Mega Drive into a full thin client (rather than just a display).
So, does anybody have any idea if there's any chance the keyboard was released in Japan after all?