Could this be
the new Jaguar accessory of the year? TXG investigates
I just ordered
the new ScatBox interface from Scatologic. This
new interface will be CatBox compatible. There
are two versions of the ScatBox, the normal
version which comes in a black case and a deluxe
version, which comes in a transparent case.
To make sure I could do a complete review I
ordered both versions.
But first let
me tell you something about the CatBox. This
interface was made by ICD, and it stopped producing
them for some reason. After that the prices
on eBay began to get out of control, sometimes
a CatBox would sell for over $250.00. The CatBox
could connect several Jaguar game consoles together
so people could play a network game. Atari had
only its JagLink but that allowed people
to connect just two Jaguars.
CatBox had RGB, composite, headphone output
and a RS232C connector.
The only games
that support networking with more than two consoles
are Battlesphere/Battlesphere Gold and Aircars.
I have both games
and until now I had only played them with
the JagLink because almost nobody had a CatBox
like me. Now with the ScatBox things begin to
change. For just $99.00 you can have your own
ScatBox and the Deluxe version will cost $119.00.
A few friends of mine already ordered one. So
now the Jaguar community can get its hands on
a ScatBox we are hoping new network games will
come out in the near future that will support
OK, it's time
to review the ScatBox. The cartridge comes in
a box just like the Jaguar games. There is good
manual with it and the quality of this product
is about 100%.
When you connect
it to the Jaguar, it will do a self-test first,
this will take one or two seconds, a few
LEDs will light up and then it's ready for use.
Then you will notice that you can't use your
old SCART cable but you need to make a new RGB
cable. Also, when using the composite and audio
connectors there is a small problem. When your
cables are connected and the Jag CD is
installed you see that it does not fit well sometimes,
this depends on the connectors you use.
But I must say,
when you have connected everything the video
quality is brilliant. On the ScatBox you will
not find the headphone socket and volume control like
on the CatBox but I don't really miss that.
The ScatBox is compatible with the CatBox network. The CatBox allowed
8-16 consoles to be connected. The ScatBox has "ScatNet" that claims
up to 128 consoles can connected over 0.5 mile network length. I didn't
test it, but I hope I can see a full network, 8 Aircars and 16
Battlesphere systems connected at the JagFest UK on 14-15 June 2003.
is a nice hardware expansion for the Jaguar
game console. If you like Battlesphere
(Gold) or Aircars with more than two people
you need this one. For owners of the CatBox
it's a different story. I also own a CatBox
and must say it just has some more features
like headphone socket, volume control and
a real RS232C connector so when you don't need
a second one the ScatBox would be no upgrade
for those people. For all others I really recommend
this piece of hardware. I tested the normal
and the Deluxe version, and they are both the
same except for the case.
taken from the official ScatBox home page because
I have no digital camera.
(normal), $119.00 (Deluxe)
space than CatBox
quality and presentation