Developers were intrigued by the capabilities of the Dreamcast, with a less limiting environment enabling them to pursue more ideas easily.
The Dreamcast was launched in Japan in November of 1998.
The Dreamcast was launched in the United States on September 9th, 1999 (9/9/99) for a cost of $199, and had over 300,000 preorders. In the United States a million Dreamcast consoles were sold within the first month of launching.
In early 2001 Sega announced they would discontinue Dreamcast production in favor of pursuing software on other platforms.Sega Chairman and President Isao Okawa donated 85 billion yen (Then worth $692 million US Dollars) of personal funds to ensure Sega continued to operate while the company began to focus on software. 9.13 million Dreamcast consoles were sold around the globe.
Dreamcast was one of the nicest early consoles to develop for.—John Carmack, Tweet on December 11th, 2018.
The Dreamcast uses a custom GPU called Holly, featuring a NEC PowerVR2 DC core clocked at 100 megahertz. The GPU is capable of about 7 million polygons with textures and lighting a second.
The Dreamcast uses one gigabyte GD-Rom disks.
The Dreamcast supported Dial-Up internet, with a 33.6k modem at launch and a 56k modem after September 1999.
Most Dreamcast games used custom software from Sega. The Windows CE SDK was optionally available for developers to use on the Dreamcast, allowing the use of Visual C++ and DirectX in game development for the Dreamcast. Only about 50 Dreamcast games leveraged this SDK.
Bleamcast was an early commercial emulator released for the Dreamcast, allowing the system to emulate certain PS1 games.
- Space Channel 5
- Shenmue - An early open world 3D RPG. The most expensive game produced at the time.
- ChuChu Rocket!
- The Typing of the Dead
- Skies of Arcadia
- Jet Set Radio / Jet Grind Radio
- Crazy Taxi
- Phantasy Star Online - Early online console RPG
- The Nomad Soul
- Samba de Amigo - Rhythm game featuring latin songs.
Atelier Marie: The Alchemist of Salburg
A bundled disk with bonus features like screensavers also accidentally included a virus for Windows computers, but left the Dreamcast unharmed.
Read more about Atelier Marie: The Alchemist of Salburg on Wikipedia.
Special Edition Consoles
Fuji Divers 2000 Series CX-1
The Divers 2000 Series CX-1 integrated a Dreamcast into a television.
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