Who remembers the excitement of The Sega Dreamcast being released? With that unique and intuitive controller and that cool little visual memory card accessory? I never owned one personally but my brother did. He used to hate the way that every time he came home from college I would be in his bed room playing Resident Evil Code: Veronica. I loved that game dearly.
The Dreamcast is yet another example of a product which was ahead of its time. Released globally in 1999 it way more powerful than Sony’s Playstation and Sega’s own Saturn. Sega really needed to make amends for its failing Saturn console and all seemed well when the Dreamcast kicked of with strong sales figures. Unfortunately for Sega however the much anticipated Playstation 2 was just around the corner. This posed a major threat to Sega and unfortunately hit Dreamcast sales fatally.
The Dreamcast was officially discontinued in March 2001 and Sega pulled out of the hardware market all together. Like with the Atari Jaguar we really need to consider where Sega Could have been today if it had Continued making hardware. As a long time Sega fan I would love to have seen Sega making next gen consoles today.
The Dreamcast was pretty revolutionary as far as games consoles go. It was the first to be released with a built in modem (who remembers ChuChu rocket?) and the first to output video in Enhanced-Definition 480p. Strangely, the Dreamcast had no operating system installed. The operating system was actually loaded onto the system via the games discs. Microsoft had done a lot of work with Sega developing a version of Windows CE. It was not however the most widely used operating System. Either way the Dreamcast was revolutionary and demands our respect.
One thing is for Sure; with game’s like Crazy taxi, ChuChu Rocket and Shenmue the Dreamcast will gown in history as a gaming masterpiece.