|Type||Video game console|
|Generation||Sixth generation era|
|First available||JP November 27, 1998|
NA September 9, 1999
EU October 14, 1999
|CPU||200 MHz Hitachi SH4 RISC|
|GPU||100 MHz PowerVR2 CLX2|
|Media||CD, 1. A console manufacturer is a company that manufactures and distributes Video game consoles It is also known as a first-party Video game publisher. is a multinational Video game Software and Hardware development company and a former Home computer Video games were introduced as a commercial entertainment medium in 1971, becoming the basis for an important entertainment industry in the late 1970s/early 1980s in the United The sixth-generation era (sometimes referred to as the 128-bit era; see "Number of bits" below refers to the computer and Video games For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. Events 1095 - Pope Urban II declares the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) Events 1000 - Battle of Svolder, Viking Age. 1379 - Treaty of Neuberg, splitting the Austrian Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) Events 1066 - Norman Conquest: Battle of Hastings - In England on Senlac Hill seven miles from Hastings, the forces Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) The hertz (symbol Hz) is a measure of Frequency, informally defined as the number of events occurring per Second. The SuperH (or SH) is brandname of a certain Microcontroller and Microprocessor architecture A Compact Disc (also known as a CD) is an Optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio 2 GB GD-ROM, DVD (unreleased)|
|System storage||VMU, Nexus Memory Card, Zip Drive (unreleased)|
|Online service||SegaNet, Dreamarena|
|Units sold||10. GD-ROM (an abbreviation of " giga disk Read-only memory " is the proprietary Optical disc format used by the Sega Dreamcast. DVD (also known as " Digital Versatile Disc " or " Digital Video Disc " - see Etymology)is The VMU, or Visual Memory Unit (called VMS, Visual Memory System in Japan or Virtual Memory Unit is a Memory card peripheral for the Sega Dreamcast The VMU, or Visual Memory Unit (called VMS, Visual Memory System in Japan or Virtual Memory Unit is a Memory card peripheral for the Sega Dreamcast The Zip drive is a medium-capacity removable Disk storage system introduced by Iomega in late 1994 SegaNet was an internet service provided by Sega for the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast Video game consoles Saturn SegaNet Dreamarena was a free online gaming service provided with all Sega Dreamcast consoles in Europe. This is a list of Video game consoles and Handheld game consoles that have sold or shipped at least one million units 6 million|
|Best-selling game||Sonic Adventure, 2. This is a list of Video games that have sold or shipped at least one million copies including the top ten best-selling franchises. is a Video game created by Sonic Team and released on December 23 1998 in Japan by Sega for the Sega Dreamcast and is the first game in the 5 million (as of June 2006)|
The Dreamcast (ドリームキャスト Dorīmukyasuto?, code-named White Belt, Black Belt, Dural, Dricas, Vortex, Katana, Shark, and Guppy during development) is Sega's last video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. The is a 32-bit Video game console that was first released on November 22 1994 in Japan, May 11 1995 in North America A code name or cryptonym is a word or name used clandestinely to refer to another name or word is a multinational Video game Software and Hardware development company and a former Home computer The is a 32-bit Video game console that was first released on November 22 1994 in Japan, May 11 1995 in North America An attempt to recapture the console market with a next-generation system, it was designed to supersede the PlayStation and Nintendo 64. The PlayStation (abbreviated PS, PSone, PS1, or informally as PSX) is a 32-bit fifth generation Video game console The, often abbreviated as N64, is Nintendo 's third home Video game console for the international market Originally released sixteen months before the PlayStation 2 (PS2) and three years before the Nintendo GameCube and the Xbox, the Dreamcast is part of the sixth generation of video game consoles. The, often abbreviated as GCN, is Nintendo 's fourth home Video game console and is part of the sixth generation console era. The Xbox is a sixth-generation Video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. The sixth-generation era (sometimes referred to as the 128-bit era; see "Number of bits" below refers to the computer and Video games Dreamcast was widely hailed as ahead of its time, and is still held in high regard for pioneering online console gaming.  Nevertheless, it failed to gather enough momentum before the release of the PlayStation 2 in March 2000. Sega discontinued the Dreamcast in March 2001, and withdrew entirely from the console hardware business; however, support continued in Japan where consoles were still sold until 2006 and new licensed games were still being made by companies of the arcade market until 2007, as well as the huge and current worldwide support of the homebrew community. Homebrew is a term frequently applied to Video games produced by consumers to target Proprietary hardware platforms not typically user-programmable or that use proprietary
In 1997, the Saturn was struggling in North America, and Sega of America president Bernie Stolar pressed for Sega's Japanese headquarters to develop a new platform which eventually became the Dreamcast. The is a 32-bit Video game console that was first released on November 22 1994 in Japan, May 11 1995 in North America is a multinational Video game Software and Hardware development company and a former Home computer Bernard "Bernie" Stolar is an American businessman who worked in the video game industry for several important companies At the 1997 E3, Stolar made public his opinion on the Saturn with his comment, "The Saturn is not our future" and referred to the doomed console as "the stillborn". The E3 Media and Business Summit, formerly known as Electronic Entertainment Expo and commonly known as E3, is an annual Trade show for the computer
When the time came to design the successor to the Sega Saturn, the new President of Sega, Shoichiro Irimajiri, took the unusual step of hiring an outsider, Tatsuo Yamamoto from IBM Austin, to head a "skunk works" group to develop the next-generation console. The is a 32-bit Video game console that was first released on November 22 1994 in Japan, May 11 1995 in North America is a Japanese engineer and businessman He earned an aeronautical engineering degree from the University of Tokyo and worked for Honda Motor Co International Business Machines Corporation abbreviated IBM and nicknamed "Big Blue", is a multinational Computer Technology It soon became apparent that the existing Japanese hardware group led by Hideki Sato did not want to relinquish control of the hardware department, bringing rise to two competing designs led by two different groups.
The Japanese group led by Hideki Sato settled on an Hitachi SH4 processor with a PowerVR graphics processor developed by VideoLogic (now Imagination Technologies) and manufactured by NEC. () is a Multinational corporation specializing in high-technology and services headquartered in Marunouchi Itchome Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. The SuperH (or SH) is brandname of a certain Microcontroller and Microprocessor architecture PowerVR is a division of Imagination Technologies (formerly VideoLogic that develops hardware and software IP for 2D and 3D rendering and for video encoding decoding is a Japanese multinational IT company headquartered in Minato Tokyo, Japan. This was originally codenamed "White Belt". The first Japanese prototype boards were silkscreened "Guppy", and the later ones "Katana".
The U. S. skunk works group (11 people in a secret suite away from the Sega of America headquarters) led by Tatsuo Yamamoto settled on a PowerPC 603e processor with a custom 3dfx Voodoo 3 graphics processor, which was originally codenamed "Black Belt". 3dfx Interactive was a company that specialized in the manufacturing of 3D Graphics processing units and later Graphics cards After dominating the field Voodoo3 was a series of computer gaming video cards manufactured and designed by 3dfx Interactive. The first U. S. prototype boards were silkscreened "Shark" and later "Dural" (whose name was taken from the shiny character from Sega's own Virtua Fighter series). Virtua Fighter is a 1993 Fighting game developed for the Sega Model 1 arcade platform by AM2, a development group
When 3dfx declared its Initial Public Offering (IPO) in April 1997, it revealed every detail of the contract with Sega. Initial public offering (IPO, also referred to simply as a "public offering" is when a company issues Common stock or shares to the public for the first Sega had been keeping the development of its next-generation console secret during this competition, and was supposedly outraged when 3dfx publicly laid out its deal with Sega over the new system in the IPO.
In July 1997, rumored as a result of 3dfx's IPO, it was decided that the Japanese "Katana" would be the chosen format, renamed Dreamcast. In September 1997, 3dfx filed a lawsuit against Sega and NEC (later including VideoLogic), stating "breach of contract", and accusing Sega of starting the deal in bad faith to take 3dfx technology, although they later settled. In law a lawsuit is a civil action brought before a Court in which the party commencing the action the Plaintiff, seeks a legal or equitable remedy 
The Sega Dreamcast was released on November 27, 1998 in Japan; on September 9, 1999 in North America (the date 9/9/99 featured heavily in U. Events 1095 - Pope Urban II declares the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) Events 1000 - Battle of Svolder, Viking Age. 1379 - Treaty of Neuberg, splitting the Austrian Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) S. promotion); and on October 14, 1999 in Europe. Events 1066 - Norman Conquest: Battle of Hastings - In England on Senlac Hill seven miles from Hastings, the forces Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) The tagline used to promote the console in the U. A tagline is a variant of a branding slogan typically used in Marketing materials and Advertising. S. was, "It's thinking", and in Europe, "Up to [6 Billion] Players. "
Sega Dreamcast was the first console to include a built-in modem and Internet support for online gaming. Modem (from mo dulator- dem odulator is a device that modulates an analog carrier signal to encode Digital information The Internet is a global system of interconnected Computer networks Online games are games played over some form of computer network. Previous consoles such as the Genesis, Saturn, NES, and SNES had online capabilities, but these were comparably limited and/or required extra hardware (XBAND, NetLink, Sega Channel). The Nintendo Entertainment System (often abbreviated as NES or simply Nintendo) is an 8-bit Video game console that was released by The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES (also called SNES and Super Nintendo) is a 16-bit Video game console that was XBAND was an early online console gaming network for SNES and Sega Genesis systems NetLink here For the Linux program see Netlink. SEGA Netlink Sega NetLink also known as Seganet in Japan was an Sega Channel was a project developed by Sega for the 16-bit Sega Genesis console
Sega Dreamcast enjoyed brisk sales in its first season, and was one of Sega's most successful hardware units. In the United States alone, a record 300,000 units had been pre-ordered and Sega sold 500,000 consoles in just two weeks (including 225,132 sold on the first 24 hours which became a video game record). In fact, due to brisk sales and hardware shortages, Sega was unable to fulfill all of the advance orders.
Sega confirmed that it made US$98. 4 million on combined hardware and software sales with Dreamcast with its September 9, 1999 launch. Events 1000 - Battle of Svolder, Viking Age. 1379 - Treaty of Neuberg, splitting the Austrian Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) Sega even compared the record figure to the opening day gross of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, which made $28. Star Wars Episode I Phantom Menace is a 1999 military sci-fi film written and directed by George Lucas. 5 million during the first 24 hours in theaters.
Chris Gilbert, senior vice president of sales, Sega of America, said on November 24, 1999: "By hitting the one million units sold landmark, it is clear that the Sega Dreamcast consumer has moved beyond the hard-core gamer and into the mass market. Christopher Robert Gilbert (born April 16, 1984, Scarborough, Yorkshire) is a Cricketer who represented England at various Events 380 - Theodosius I makes his adventus, or formal Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) " He also likened it to a music album going platinum or a film netting $100 million in box office receipts.
Before the launch in the United States, Sega had already taken extra steps in displaying Dreamcast's capabilities in stores nationwide. Much like the PlayStation's launch in North America, the displays of titles such as Soul Calibur, Sonic Adventure, Power Stone, and Hydro Thunder helped Dreamcast succeed in the first year. The PlayStation (abbreviated PS, PSone, PS1, or informally as PSX) is a 32-bit fifth generation Video game console A launch title is a Video game that has been made available to consumers synchronously with its respective Video game console, meaning they are the only available is the second game in the ''Soul'' series of Fighting games developed and produced by Namco. is a Video game created by Sonic Team and released on December 23 1998 in Japan by Sega for the Sega Dreamcast and is the first game in the For the Mega Man weapon see Mega Man 5 and Mega Man IV. Power Stone is a fully 3D Arena Hydro Thunder is a powerboat racing game originally an arcade game and later released for the Sega Dreamcast in November 1999
Although Dreamcast had none of EA's popular sports games, due in part to EA's losses from the Sega Saturn, Sega Sports titles helped to fill that void. A sports game is a computer or Video game that simulates the playing of traditional Sports Most sports have been recreated with a game including is a multinational Video game Software and Hardware development company and a former Home computer The biggest competition between Sega Sports and EA Sports in the U. EA Sports is a brand name used by Electronic Arts since 1993 to distribute games based on Sports Formerly a gimmick inside Electronic Arts sports S. was their (American) football and basketball games. This started with one of the launch titles of the Dreamcast, NFL 2K. Both Madden 2000 and NFL 2K were highly regarded, with the Dreamcast boasting a new graphics engine and Madden retaining the same engine that made it solid from the years prior. It was not until the next years release of the games where the Dreamcast proved its worth in the video game market. This was when NFL 2K1 outsold Madden NFL 2001 with about 410,000 copies.
In April 1999, Sony announced its PlayStation 2. The actual release of the PS2 was not until March 2000 in Japan, and October 26, 2000 in the United States. Events 740 - An Earthquake strikes Constantinople, causing much damage and death 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Sony's press release, despite being a year ahead of the launch of the PS2, was enough to divert a lot of attention from Sega. With the looming PS2 launch in Japan, the Dreamcast was largely ignored in that territory. While the system had great initial success in the United States, it had trouble maintaining this momentum after news of the PS2's release.
Dreamcast sales grew 156. 5% from July 23, 2000 to September 30, 2000 putting Sega ahead of the Nintendo 64 in that period. Events 1632 - Three hundred colonists bound for New France depart from Dieppe France. 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Events 1399 - Henry IV is proclaimed King of England. 1744 - France and Spain defeat the 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. For the month of November 2000, Dreamcast passed the Nintendo 64 as the second best selling system. During that time, the PlayStation 2 was plagued by production shortages, with people often paying in excess of $1000 on eBay for Sony's next-generation console. eBay Inc is an American Internet company that manages eBaycom an Online auction and shopping Website in which people and businesses buy and However, Dreamcast's online capabilities through SegaNet, and a price cut around the second half of 2000 (which made it half the price of the PS2) did little to help sales once the PlayStation 2 was launched. SegaNet was an internet service provided by Sega for the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast Video game consoles Saturn SegaNet American public attention also noted the Playstation 2's much hyped graphics and its ability to play DVDs, as it cost less than a standalone player at the time.
A key to Sony's relatively easy success with the PlayStation 2 was that they already enjoyed brand-name dominance over Sega after the huge success of the original PlayStation, while Sega's reputation had been hurt due to commercial failure of the Sega Saturn, Sega 32X, and Mega CD. A brand is a collection of Images and ideas representing an economic producer more specifically it refers to the descriptive verbal attributes and concrete symbols such as a The PlayStation (abbreviated PS, PSone, PS1, or informally as PSX) is a 32-bit fifth generation Video game console The is a 32-bit Video game console that was first released on November 22 1994 in Japan, May 11 1995 in North America The Sega 32X ( Japanese: セガ スーパー32X codenamed Project Mars is an add-on for the Sega Mega Drive Video game console by Sega The is an add-on device for the Sega Mega Drive that was released in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan. In particular, Sega's attempt to quickly kill off the struggling Saturn (which lagged in North America and Europe) in favour of Dreamcast had angered many third-party developers in Japan, where the Saturn had still been able to hold its own.  While initial Dreamcast sales were strong, many prospective buyers and game developers were still skeptical of Sega and they held off from committing, possibly to see which console would prevail. By early 2001, game publishers abandoned Dreamcast development en masse in favor of the PlayStation 2 and canceled many nearly completed projects (notably Half-Life).
In 2000, the announcements of the Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo GameCube were widely regarded as the last straw for Dreamcast, which fueled speculation that Sega did not have the resources for a prolonged marketing campaign. Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational Computer technology Corporation, which rose to dominate the Home computer The Xbox is a sixth-generation Video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. The, often abbreviated as GCN, is Nintendo 's fourth home Video game console and is part of the sixth generation console era.
Sega had problems choosing suitable companies to promote Dreamcast outside the U. S. Marketing in European countries was done somewhat poorly, whereas Sony marketed the PlayStation 2 in each country's local media, such as newspapers and street shows. Sega recruited third-party companies to promote Dreamcast, some of which did not allocate sufficient money for advertising.
DreamArena (the European equivalent to SegaNet, the Dreamcast online service) was a fiasco in Finland because the cost of connection was more than three times the amount of a normal ISDN internet connection. Finland, officially the Republic of Finland ( is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of northern Europe. This was because Sega allowed open pricing for third-party companies. The companies stated that the price was steep due to a lack of potential customers, but most believe that the companies were just using the open pricing to their advantage.
Many important titles were never released outside of Japan, and many were hard to find without importing them. While Dreamcast did receive a price cut in the U. S. to coincide with the PlayStation 2's American release, the European pricing remained the same, even when the PlayStation 2 was released in Europe.
On January 31, 2001, Sega announced that production of Dreamcast hardware was to be discontinued by March of that year, although the 50 to 60 titles still in production would be published. Events 1504 - France cedes Naples to Aragon. 1606 - Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. The last North American release was NHL 2K2, which was released in February 2002. NHL 2K is a series of hockey games by 2K Sports for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 With the company announcing no plans to develop a next-generation successor to Dreamcast, this was Sega's last foray into the home console business. Massive price cuts were quickly instituted in order to move the abundance of unsold hardware and the system had quickly dropped to prices as low as US$49. The United States dollar ( sign: $; code: USD) is the unit of Currency of the United States; it has also been 99 new.
Though Dreamcast was officially discontinued in early 2001, commercial games were still developed and released afterwards, particularly in Japan. Unreleased games like Propeller Arena and Half-Life continued to become available to the public through warez groups and independent hackers. Propeller Arena Aviation Battle Championship is a Videogame for the Dreamcast console "Warez" refers primarily to Copyrighted works traded in violation of Copyright law.
On February 24, 2004, Sega released their final Dreamcast game, Puyo Pop Fever. Events 303 - Galerius, Roman Emperor, publishes his edict that begins the persecution of Christians in his portion of the "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Puyo Pop Fever, known in Japan as, is a Puzzle game released on a wide variety of systems and was developed by Namco Hometek. Afterwards, a small number of third-party games were still being released, such as Chaos Field released in December 2004, Trizeal released in April 2005, Radilgy released in February 2006, Under Defeat released in March 2006, and most recently Last Hope released January 2007, Trigger Heart Exelica released February 2007, and Karous released March 2007. A third-party developer is a developer not directly tied to the primary product that a consumer is using is an Arcade game of the Shoot 'em up genre released in 2005 by Milestone Inc Trizeal is a Japanese Shoot 'em up Arcade game developed by Triangle Service, a small Japanese videogame development company also known as Radirgy (title printed on Dreamcast disc case and Radio Allergy (proposed title of cancelled North American release is an Arcade Under Defeat is a Shoot 'em up Arcade game by Grev. It was released for the Dreamcast in March 2006 Last Hope is a single-player side-scrolling Shoot 'em up Video game for the Neo Geo AES, Neo Geo CD, and Sega Dreamcast is a Shoot 'em up by Warashi, makers of the Sega Saturn shooting game Shienryu. Karous (pronounced karasu) is a Video game by Milestone Inc intended for the Sega NAOMI.
Visual Novel games were still released even when the Dreamcast was discontinued. A is an Interactive fiction game featuring mostly static graphics usually with Anime -style art There was a big support until 2004. The last Visual Novel game released on Dreamcast was Angel Wish, in early 2005. A is an Interactive fiction game featuring mostly static graphics usually with Anime -style art
Despite its short lifespan, as of 2007, Dreamcast is still a popular and highly-regarded console among many fans due to its impressive library of both mainstream and more offbeat titles. It is even starting to gain a cult following, as the system is becoming harder to find. A cult following is a group of fans devoted to a specific area of Pop culture.
Sega would later re-release the Dreamcast through the Sega Direct division of Japan in early 2006. Sega Direct is an Online and Japanese Video game business It is primarily for the Sega Dreamcast. Although they were only refurbished units, they did come with the new Radilgy game and a phone card. also known as Radirgy (title printed on Dreamcast disc case and Radio Allergy (proposed title of cancelled North American release is an Arcade
Several Dreamcast emulation projects have emerged after Dreamcast's end of production, with Chankast being the most notable, along with the recently released nullDC. Chankast is a freeware Sega Dreamcast Emulator for Microsoft Windows. nullDC is a Freeware Sega Dreamcast and NAOMI videogame systems emulator for Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista systems under active development
The power light, like the Dreamcast logo in NTSC regions, was orange (this color was chosen because the Japanese consider it to be lucky). NTSC ( National Television System Committee) is the Analog television system used in the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico The colour orange occurs Games were sold in jewel cases. Optical disc packaging is the Packaging that accompanies CDs DVDs and other formats of optical media. In North America, these initially had the Dreamcast name and logo on a white background, but later games used a black background, similar to the PlayStation's. Japanese games used an orange-and-white scheme, and European and Australian games used blue.
The unit was packaged with a video cable which supported composite video and stereo sound. Composite video is the format of an Analog television (picture only signal before it is combined with a sound signal and modulated onto an RF Stereophonic sound, commonly called stereo, is the reproduction of Sound, using two or more independent audio channels through a Symmetrical Available separately were an RGB SCART cable, an S-Video cable, an RF connector (included as standard in the UK, Germany and Portugal), and a VGA adapter (see accessories below). SCART (from Syndicat des Constructeurs d'Appareils Radiorécepteurs et Téléviseurs) Super Video or Separated Video abbreviated S-Video and also known as Y/C is an analog video signal that carries the video data as two separate An RF connector is an Electrical connector designed to work at Radio frequencies in the multi-megahertz range Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic (República Portuguesa is a country on the Iberian Peninsula. The term Video Graphics Array ( VGA) refers specifically to the display hardware first introduced with the IBM PS/2 line of computers in 1987, but through its widespread
Although there was no reset button on the Dreamcast system itself, there was a way to reset a game during play. If the player wanted to reset a game, they would have to press the A, B, X, and Y buttons all together and then press the start button. This would then take them to the game's main menu. If repeated, it would take players to the Dreamcast menu.
In North America, a black Dreamcast was released in limited numbers with a sports pack which included two Sega Sports titles. This was the same as other models except for the black casing and the Sega Sports logo located directly below the Dreamcast logo on the lid. Electronics Boutique offered a blue Dreamcast through its website. EB Games (formerly known as Electronics Boutique) is an international computer and video games retailer Similar offerings were sold through the Lik Sang website. Lik Sang ( literal "powerful and energetic" was a popular Distributor of Asian electronics Cases of different colors like blue, red, orange, and green were sold for replacements of the original casing. In Japan, Sega released many varieties of the system, including a limited edition Sonic anniversary version, a pink Sakura Taisen version, and a Hello Kitty version released in 2000 in Japan which, due to its limited production, has become an extremely rare collector's piece. Video Games See also [[List of games featuring Sonic the Hedgehog]] Nearly all games in the series feature a teenage hedgehog named "Sonic the Hedgehog" is a Japanese Media franchise owned by Red Entertainment and Sega; it was created by Ouji Hiroi with original character designs by Kōsuke Fujishima full name, is the best-known of many simply drawn Fictional characters produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. The package contains a keyboard, controller, VMU, mouse, and a Hello Kitty trivia game. In Computing, a keyboard is an Input device partially modelled after the typewriter keyboard which uses an arrangement of buttons or keys A game controller is an Input device used to control a Video game. The VMU, or Visual Memory Unit (called VMS, Visual Memory System in Japan or Virtual Memory Unit is a Memory card peripheral for the Sega Dreamcast In Computing, a mouse (plural mice, mouse devices, or mouses) Trivia (singular trivium) are unimportant (or "trivial" items especially of information The console and accessories came in both translucent pink and blue in color with some printed designs. Pink is a pale Red Color that was first recorded in the 17th century to describe the pale red Flowers of pinks, Flowering plants Blue is a Colour, the Perception of which is evoked by
The Brazilian version, manufactured by Tec Toy under license, was essentially the same as the North American version, but its video output was converted to the PAL-M standard and did not come with the modem, which was available separately. |utc_offset = -2 to -4 |time_zone_DST = BRST |utc_offset_DST = -2 to -5 |cctld Tectoy (known as Tec Toy before late 2007 is a Brazilian Videogame and Electronics company PAL, short for Phase Alternating Line, is a colour -encoding system used in Broadcast television systems in large parts of the world
Dreamcast in Europe had a blue spiral logo, similar to the logo on earlier Sega systems. This change is thought to have been for copyright reasons: German company Tivola Publishing had been using a similar swirl logo years before Sega branded Dreamcast with the orange swirl. Copyright is a legal concept enacted by Governments, giving the creator of an original work of authorship Exclusive rights to control its distribution usually for
As well as the VGA mode to connect to a PC monitor (again using an adapter), the European Dreamcast supported PAL video, in both 50 Hz and 60 Hz modes. A visual display unit, often called simply a monitor or display, is a piece of Electrical equipment which displays images generated from the Video This was a first for game consoles, as no previous PAL console had offered the option to play games at full speed, using the ability of many PAL televisions to operate at 60 Hz. This feature was exploited in previous consoles but only by modifying the console with a chip to allow it to run NTSC games (e. g. , Sony's PlayStation), or by adding switches to the internal circuitry to manually select between 50 Hz and 60 Hz (e. is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Minato Tokyo, Japan, and one of the world's largest Media conglomerates with The PlayStation (abbreviated PS, PSone, PS1, or informally as PSX) is a 32-bit fifth generation Video game console g. , SEGA's Master System, Mega Drive or Saturn). The Sega Master System is an 8-bit cartridge-based Video game console that was manufactured by Sega and was first released in 1986. The is a 16-bit Video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988 North America in 1989 and the PAL region in 1990 Although the 60 Hz code had to be enabled on the disc, doing so was a simple matter, and only a small number of games lacked it. The 60 Hz feature has become standard on all major consoles released since.
Games in Europe were sold in jewel cases exactly twice as thick as their North American counterparts, possibly to enable the inclusion of thick instruction booklets containing instructions in multiple languages.
A third-party company from China named Treamcast released a portable modified Dreamcast which used the original first-party Dreamcast components with a custom made plastic casing. China ( Wade-Giles ( Mandarin) Chung¹kuo² is a cultural region, an ancient Civilization, and depending on perspective a National Treamcast is a third-party developed Dreamcast clone from China. This small system with its fold-down display resembled the later PS One. The PlayStation (abbreviated PS, PSone, PS1, or informally as PSX) is a 32-bit fifth generation Video game console Many companies included software and a remote with the unit that enabled it to play MP3s and Video CDs. MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a Digital audio encoding format using a form of Lossy data compression When the Internet import video game store Lik Sang contacted Sega to ask permission to sell a modified version of the system with Sega trademarks on the system, they were told that Sega did not approve of the unit, and felt that it violated their trademarks. Lik Sang ( literal "powerful and energetic" was a popular Distributor of Asian electronics In reality, this system is no different from a Dreamcast pre-modified with a third party shell, as the system's internals still use first party hardware, and the only modifications are the outside casing and internal sound and video adjustments.
In 2005, the internet import store Lan-Kwei started selling a "Treamcast" portable modified Dreamcast with a 16:9 widescreen LCD. Treamcast is a third-party developed Dreamcast clone from China. Aside from the cosmetic differences in the case to accommodate the larger screen, there are no differences between the original Treamcast and the newer widescreen model. Treamcast is a third-party developed Dreamcast clone from China.
See Also: Dreamcast Broadband Adapter
Visual Memory Unit
The Visual Memory Unit, or "VMU", was the Dreamcast memory card. The Dreamcast Broadband Adapter (commonly abbreviated to BBA) was an accessory released for the Sega Dreamcast. The VMU, or Visual Memory Unit (called VMS, Visual Memory System in Japan or Virtual Memory Unit is a Memory card peripheral for the Sega Dreamcast A memory card or flash memory card is a solid-state electronic Flash memory Data storage device used with Digital It featured a monochrome LCD screen, a D-Pad, and two gaming buttons. Monochrome comes from the Greek μονόχρωμος ( monochromos) meaning “of one color” which is a combination A display device is an Output device for presentation of Information for Visual or Tactile reception acquired stored or transmitted A D-pad (short for directional pad) is a flat usually thumb-operated directional control found on nearly all modern Video game console Gamepads Game The VMU could play mini-games loaded onto it from certain Dreamcast games, such as a Chao game transferable from Sonic Adventure. A Chao (pronounced chow singular and plural form Chao is an artificially intelligent virtually generated lifeform from the ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' video game series It could also display a list of the saved game data stored on it, and two VMUs could be connected together end-to-end to exchange data. Also while playing games such as Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 or Crazy Taxi messages like "Awesome", "Rad", and "Nice Combo" would appear on the VMU screen. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, often called THPS2, is the second game in the ''Tony Hawk's'' series. Crazy Taxi is a Video game developed by Hitmaker and published by Sega.
Standard memory cards could also be purchased without the additional features of the VMU. Most of these were manufactured by third-party companies, (such as the Nexus Memory Card), although Sega eventually released a 4X memory card. The VMU, or Visual Memory Unit (called VMS, Visual Memory System in Japan or Virtual Memory Unit is a Memory card peripheral for the Sega Dreamcast The 4X cards did not have the VMU screen or stand-alone abilities, but they had four times the space thanks to the ability to switch between four 200-block sectors.
The VMU design cannot be considered a full success, as it was fairly power-intensive, draining the two watch batteries at an alarmingly fast rate, and the architecture could not be expanded. However, contrary to popular belief, the VMU does not need the batteries to retain the saved data once the VMU is disconnected from the controller, as it incorporates flash memory storage for this purpose — the batteries are only used when the VMU is disconnected from the controller in order to browse/exchange saved data and play mini-games in a handheld fashion away from the console. Flash memory is non-volatile computer memory that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed
Controller and Rumble Pack
Most Dreamcast games supported a rumble pack, or "Jump Pack", which was sold separately and could be plugged into the controller. In Japan, the Jump Pack was named the "Puru Puru Pack".
The Dreamcast controller featured a similar design to the Sega Saturn's analog controller, offering an analog stick, a D-pad, a Start button, four action buttons (labeled A, B, X, and Y, two buttons less than the Saturn), and two analog triggers on the underside. An analog stick, sometimes called a thumbstick, control stick, or occasionally A D-pad (short for directional pad) is a flat usually thumb-operated directional control found on nearly all modern Video game console Gamepads Game It also contained two slots which could hold memory cards or the rumble pack, with a window on the front of the controller through which the VMU's display could be seen. The Dreamcast controller was somewhat larger than many other controllers, and some players found it difficult to hold. Other players complained about the odd positioning of its controller cord, which comes out from the bottom of the controller.
Unique to Dreamcast was a VGA adapter for output to a computer display or HDTV compatible sets in true 480p, providing much better quality than a standard television set. A first- and third-party peripheral for the Sega Dreamcast. How it works If pin #6 on the Dreamcast's A/V out is connected to ground the Dreamcast switches to VGA The term Video Graphics Array ( VGA) refers specifically to the display hardware first introduced with the IBM PS/2 line of computers in 1987, but through its widespread High-definition television (HDTV is a Digital television Broadcasting system with higher resolution than traditional television systems (standard-definition Not all games were compatible with the VGA adapter, but work-arounds existed to trick all but a handful of games into working with it. There are also certain models of the VGA adapter that have Composite and S-Video out, which is helpful those games that do not support VGA.
Dreamcast mouse and keyboard
Dreamcast supported a mouse as well as a keyboard, which were useful when using the included web browser, and also supported by certain games such as The Typing of the Dead, Quake 3, Phantasy Star Online and Railroad Tycoon 2. In Computing, a mouse (plural mice, mouse devices, or mouses) In Computing, a keyboard is an Input device partially modelled after the typewriter keyboard which uses an arrangement of buttons or keys The Typing of the Dead is an Arcade game (later ported to the Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 2) released in 1999 based Quake III Arena or Quake 3, abbreviated as Q3A or Q3, is a Multiplayer First-person shooter Phantasy Star Online ( PSO) is an online RPG title originally released for Dreamcast in 2000 Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon is a Business simulation game. There are five versions the original Railroad Tycoon (1990 Railroad Tycoon Other games such as REZ offered undocumented mouse support. Rez, developed under the codename K-Project, Project Eden, and Vibes, is a Rail shooter video
A motion sensitive fishing rod was released for the few fishing games on the system. A fishing rod or a fishing pole is a Tool used to catch fish, usually in conjunction with the Sport of Angling, can also be used in The fishing rod can actually be used with SoulCalibur and Tennis 2k2 like the Wii Remote. is the second game in the ''Soul'' series of Fighting games developed and produced by Namco.
There was a microphone peripheral used for version 2. For an account of the words periphery and peripheral as they are used in biology sociology politics computer hardware and other fields see the 6 of the Planetweb web browser (providing long distance calling support), the European Planet Ring collection, Alien Front Online, and Seaman, the first console game to use speech recognition in the U. A web browser is a software application which enables a user to display and interact with text images videos music games and other information typically located on a Planet Ring is a Dreamcast game It included 4 games which could only be played online Alien Front Online is a Sega Dreamcast video game originally released for the console in 2001. This page is about a video game For other uses of the word see Seaman (disambiguation. Speech recognition (also known as automatic speech recognition or computer speech recognition) converts spoken words to machine-readable input (for example to keypresses S.
Sega also produced a light gun for the system, although this was not sold in the United States, possibly because Sega did not want its name on a gun in light of recent school shootings (the Columbine High School massacre). A light gun is a Pointing device for Computers and a control device for arcade and video games. The Columbine High School massacre occurred on Tuesday April 20 1999 at Columbine High School in Columbine in unincorporated Jefferson County, American versions of light gun games even blocked out using the official gun. However, several third parties made compatible guns for the American Dreamcast. One of them was Mad Catz's Dream Blaster which became the official Sega Dreamcast light gun for use in the United States. Mad Catz Interactive Inc ( is a peripherals manufacturer for various Video game consoles It produces a wide range of accessories including control pads memory cards The games that did not work in United States with the official Dreamcast light gun were The House of the Dead 2 and Confidential Mission. The House of the Dead 2 is a Light gun Arcade game with a horror theme and the second game in the The House of the Dead series of Confidential Mission is a Light gun game published by Sega, first available as an arcade game then ported to the Dreamcast. Other light gun compatible games were Death Crimson OX and its Japanese prequel Death Crimson 2, Virtua Cop 2 on the Sega Smash Pack, and a light gun minigame in Demolition Racer No Exit. Death Crimson OX is a Light gun Shooting game published by Sammy Entertainment for the Sega Dreamcast console A prequel is a work that portrays events and/or aspects of a previously completed narrative but is set prior to the existing narrative Virtua Cop 2 is a Light gun Arcade game, released in 1995 and developed internally at Sega by their AM2 studio Sega Smash Pack is a series of game compilations featuring mostly Sega Genesis games Demolition Racer No Exit is a racing game developed for the Sega Dreamcast.
A heavy-duty Arcade Stick was put out by Sega, featuring a digital joystick with six buttons using the same microswitch assemblies as commercial arcade machines. Although it could not be used for many Dreamcast games due to the lack of an analog joystick, it was well-received and helped cement Dreamcast's reputation for playing 2D shooters and fighting games. Adaptors are now available to use the Arcade Stick on other hardware platforms.
Third-party sticks were also made, like the ASCII Dreamcast fighting pad, which some regard as having a more comfortable 6-button configuration and a more precise digital direction pad. American Standard Code for Information Interchange ( ASCII)
A twin stick peripheral was released specifically for use with the game Virtual-On. is a series of video games created by Sega-AM3 (Amusement Research and Development Department 3 that was later renamed Hitmaker This add-on mimicked the original dual arcade stick setup and made gameplay much more precise. This peripheral is extremely rare and often quite expensive.
Sega developed the Dreameye, a digital camera for Dreamcast, but it was only released in Japan. The Dreameye was a Digital camera released for the Dreamcast home video console by Sega. Many compact digital still cameras can record Sound and moving Video as well as still Photograph. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics.
Developed as a Karaoke add-on for the Dreamcast by Sega and released only in Japan. (kɑːrɑːˌoʊkɛ in Japanese karaoke) is a form of Entertainment in which Amateur Singers sing along with recorded Music (and/or a For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. It included a Microphone and built in modem (due to Japanese Dreamcast's not including the modems) It would download Karaoke songs onto the system to be played; however, it could not save any songs so you had to re-download the songs if you wanted to play them again. (kɑːrɑːˌoʊkɛ in Japanese karaoke) is a form of Entertainment in which Amateur Singers sing along with recorded Music (and/or a The servers for the system went offline in 2006.
Samba de Amigo controller
Sega developed a special maraca controller for the Samba de Amigo music game. Maraca is also a genus of Tarantula. Maracas ( sometimes called rumba Samba de Amigo is a rhythm game originally developed by Sonic Team and released in 1999 by Sega in arcades 2000 for the Dreamcast
Densha De Go! 2 controller
A special controller made specific to Densha De Go! 2 only. The controller was only available in Japan and is very rare because of the few numbers produced.
Toward the end of Dreamcast's lifespan, Sega created and displayed prototypes of a high-capacity VMU/MP3 player, DVD player, and Zip drive peripherals. The Zip drive is a medium-capacity removable Disk storage system introduced by Iomega in late 1994 None of these items were ever released.
As of November 2007, the Dreamcast has more than 325 official games available in its library. This is a list of titles (inclusive of both games and other software released for the Sega Dreamcast computer system, organized alphabetically by name 
The Dreamcast's proprietary GD-ROM format served as a means of copy protection. GD-ROM (an abbreviation of " giga disk Read-only memory " is the proprietary Optical disc format used by the Sega Dreamcast. It was ultimately circumvented. By using a combination of reverse-engineering and exploits in firmware, a standard CD could boot code in the Dreamcast BIOS to enable multimedia functions. A Compact Disc (also known as a CD) is an Optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio In Computing, booting ( booting up) is a bootstrapping process that starts Operating systems when the user turns on a Computer system In Computing, the BIOS (ˈbaɪoʊs This utilized functionality designed for Mil-CD a special type of multimedia CD released to the Japanese market. Mil-CD is a Compact disc format created by the Video game company Sega in 1999 Soon, creations such as the Utopia bootdisk appeared, which allowed the ability to boot burned CD games. Utopia Bootdisk is a booting program created by a Warez group Utopia that allows the playing of burnt Sega Dreamcast games Optical disc authoring, including DVD and Blu-ray Disc authoring (often referred to colloquially but improperly as burning) is the process of assembling Mil-CD support was removed from the final Dreamcast revision.
Dreamcast was the first system to have online functionality in this generation. This is a list of Dreamcast games that were or are online for Sega 's 33k 56k modem and broadband adapter It was composed of online servers run by SegaNet, Dreamarena, and GameSpy networks. SegaNet was an internet service provided by Sega for the Sega Saturn and Dreamcast Video game consoles Saturn SegaNet Dreamarena was a free online gaming service provided with all Sega Dreamcast consoles in Europe. GameSpy, also known as GameSpy Industries, is a division of IGN Entertainment, which operates a network of game websites and provides online video game-related Online servers were sustained by the lifespan of the system although in Japan it was generally considered as a more popular online system because of its superior arcade game play. Hence more available network modes in games such as Frame Gride, Tech Romancer, and Project Justice. is a 1998 3D fighting Arcade game by Capcom that draws heavily from the various sub-genres of Mecha Anime. Project Justice (released in Japan as, and suffixed with the subtitle Rival Schools 2 in Latin America and Europe is a Fighting game developed Dreamcast was previously online before the emergence of online play upon its release. Browser technology was made by independent companies such as Planetweb in order to customize the Dreamcast web service into standard HTML coding. The is Sega 's most recent Video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn. HTML, an initialism of HyperText Markup Language, is the predominant Markup language for Web pages It provides a means to describe the structure This as well as Java, was available for uploads, movies, and mouse support in its later browsers. Dreamarena came with games such as Sonic Adventure, and Chu Chu Rocket while Planetweb offered free browsers with the Dreamcast demo disc inside the Official Dreamcast Magazine. is a Video game created by Sonic Team and released on December 23 1998 in Japan by Sega for the Sega Dreamcast and is the first game in the is Puzzle video game for Sega Dreamcast developed by Sonic Team. Its final browser, Planetweb version 3. 0, was available with all the support and was sold separately.
There are still six online games available: Phantasy Star Online, which is run via the private server at www. schtserv. com; 4x4 Evolution, which is run by Gamespy, though you will always be able to play games via IP address; Starlancer, which is also run by Gamespy, though there have been reports saying that this game is also going to be forever accessed online; Quake III Arena, which can be ran via a home server on Linux or Windows; Maximum Pool, ran by home servers as well; and SEGA Swirl, which is a strategy game where scores are sent via e-mail to your opponent.
The Dreamcast continues to have a modest hacking enthusiast community. Hack has several meanings in the technology and computer science fields The availability of the KallistiOS software development kit on the Internet, as well as ports of Linux and NetBSD/Dreamcast operating systems, gave programmers a selection of familiar development tools to work with. KallistiOS ( KOS) is a free BSD licensed development library for the Sega Dreamcast game console A software development kit ( SDK or " devkit " is typically a set of development tools that allows a Software engineer to create applications Linux (commonly pronounced ˈlɪnəks NetBSD is a freely redistributable Open source version of the Unix -derivative Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD Computer Operating
KallistiOS is a homebrew minimal operating system that offers support for a majority of the Dreamcast's hardware and peripherals. KallistiOS ( KOS) is a free BSD licensed development library for the Sega Dreamcast game console Its license allows hobbyist programmers to release games created with this SDK to be released commercially. BSD licenses represent a family of Permissive free software licences. Recent examples being Cryptic Allusion's Feet of Fury (2003), S+F Software's Inhabitants (2005), JMD's Maqiupai (2005), Harmlesslion's Cool Herders (2006), and NG:DEV. A Mahjong video game is a Video game that is based on the classical Chinese game Mahjong. TEAM's Last Hope (2007). Last Hope is a single-player side-scrolling Shoot 'em up Video game for the Neo Geo AES, Neo Geo CD, and Sega Dreamcast
Using the free KallistiOS SDK, a port of the Neo Geo Homebrew game Last Hope, developed by NG:DEV. BSD licenses represent a family of Permissive free software licences. KallistiOS ( KOS) is a free BSD licensed development library for the Sega Dreamcast game console A software development kit ( SDK or " devkit " is typically a set of development tools that allows a Software engineer to create applications The Neo Geo is a cartridge -based arcade and home Video game system released in 1990 by Japanese game company SNK. Last Hope is a single-player side-scrolling Shoot 'em up Video game for the Neo Geo AES, Neo Geo CD, and Sega Dreamcast TEAM was sold via various online stores on January 31, 2007. Events 1504 - France cedes Naples to Aragon. 1606 - Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.
Using KallistiOS, many free games, emulators and other tools such as MP3 and DivX players and image viewers have been ported to or written for the console, taking advantage of the relative ease with which a home user can burn a CD that can be booted by any unmodified Dreamcast. Free software or software libre is Software that can be used studied and modified without restriction and which can be copied and redistributed in modified or unmodified MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a Digital audio encoding format using a form of Lossy data compression DivX is a brand name of products created by DivX Inc (formerly DivXNetworks Inc One of the unusual but interesting hack examples is QNX Dreamcast Project. QNX (pronounced either Q-N-X or Q-nix is a commercial Unix-like Real-time operating system, aimed primarily at the Embedded systems market