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About The Dreamcast

The Dreamcast was Sega's last gaming console, if for some reason you have never heard of the Sega Dreamcast before (and if you want to know what and how) then this page is for you.

History

The simple version: Sega were together with Nintendo, the two big players on the gaming market in the early nineties. Sega was famous for their Genesis console (known in Europe as the Megadrive), Nintendo had their Super Famicon system (known in Europe as the Super NES), those were both 16 bit machines (a way in the console world to describe their power). Both companies earned a great deal of money with their succesful machines, this attracted other companies to join the videogame market. After the 16-bit era, the 32-bit machines came on the market, that is where newcomer Sony dropped in with their (now famous) Playstation, which was based on the latest CD-ROM(!) technology. Nintendo kept with their expensive cardridge system and released the Nintendo 64, and Sega?, They also released a 32-bit CD-ROM based system called the Saturn. However, Sony's marketing power was very strong and programming games for the Playstation was a lot easier than on the Saturn, Sega made some mistakes (mostly marketing wise) which caused the Saturn to die prematurely.

Now the big players in the console gaming industry were Nintendo and Sony.

Sega's comeback

Things were not going well at Sega and they wanted to make a comeback, but they only had one chance. They developed the Dreamcast, the first 128-bit machine, it was way ahead of its time, it had online gaming capabilities, a visual memory card, 4 controller ports as standard, was easy to program for, and a lot more!. There were some very good game titles available at the launch of the Dreamcast, all was looking very good, but still it went wrong.
Due to various reasons (mainly marketing wise), the Dreamcast suffered from a premature commercial death like the Saturn had previously, leaving Sega almost bankrupt.

And now?

The Dreamcast is still regarded by many to be the best console ever made, Sega made only one error - due to support of special CD's (know as MIL-CD) only released in Japan, the Dreamcast was able to boot normal CD-R's. This turned out to be very special because the Dreamcast worked with GD-ROM's, a format that can't be read by an ordinary CD-ROM or DVD-drive. In other words, you are able (with almost every Dreamcast in the world) to boot software on it without the console being modified (with a modchip for example). For piracy reasons, no other console to date can do this. It was not Sega's intention to have this "function", but "hackers" found this backdoor very useful, because of this function (and with the help of some Dreamcast pioneers), the world of homebrew software for the Dreamcast opened up.

So now you know why the Dreamcast is not dead and is still kept alive by Dreamcast enthusiasts like us. Do you know anyone with a Dreamcast?, or do you have one yourself?, if the answer is yes, then take it out of the closet and have a look at our site to see what cool things you can still do with your Dreamcast!

 

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