The Dreamcast (ドリームキャスト Dorīmukyasuto?) is a home video game console manufactured by Sega. It was the first of the sixth generation of video game console, preceding the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Competition with the PlayStation 2 meant it failed to generate sufficient revenue and Sega continued to incur significant financial losses, eventually withdrewing from the console market altogether.
The Dreamcast had a relatively short life, being released in 1998 in Japan and 1999 in the West (North America, Europe and Australia) and then despite the Dreamcast's positive reviews, the Dreamcast was discontinued in North America on November 2001, Europe and Australia on September 2002 and Japan in early 2007 after only 9.14 million units sold. After the failure of the Dreamcast, Sega became a software company outside the arcades, where Sega still makes arcade equipment.
Several Sonic the Hedgehog series games were released for the platform.
Sega Smash Pack
Sonic Adventure 2
- Big the Cat
- E-101 Beta
- E-102 Gamma
- E-103 Delta
- E-104 Epsilon
- E-105 Zeta
- Lumina Flowlight
- Shadow the Hedgehog
- Rouge the Bat
- Gerald Robotnik
- Maria Robotnik
The Dreamcast uses a proprietary optical media named GD-ROM which is close to the size of a regular compact disc and can be inserted into the computer to access bonus content (e.g. special pictures in Sonic Adventure).
- The Dreamcast is the first entry in the sixth generation of consoles.
- The Dreamcast appears as an easter egg in the cutscenes on Sonic Unleashed.
- One is seen when Dr. Eggman presses the button to fire the laser in the opening movie.
- One is also seen when Sonic defeats the Egg Dragoon, to the right of Eggman.
- When Sonic loses his Werehog form, another is seen to the left of Eggman.
- If the player looks closely at the two games beside the Dreamcast in the intro cutscene, one says "Eggman Adventure", while the other says, Nights into Dreams.
- Sonic Shuffle and Sonic Adventure, along with a playable demo of Sonic Adventure 2 were packaged with the Dreamcast in 2000.
- In Sonic Adventure 2, there is a poster in City Escape that says "Playing SA2 is habit forming! Don't turn off your Dreamcasts!"
- Some Dreamcast games were compiled into Dreamcast Collection for the Xbox 360 and the PC.
- The swirl was orange in Japan and red in North America. However, the swirl had to be changed to blue in Europe and Australia because of copyright reasons as a German company, Tivola used a similar red swirl and Sega would have gotten into litigation for copyright infringement.
- Despite this, European Dreamcasts still feature a red light when turned on.
- In the Eggmanland hub in Sonic Unleashed, Sonic can meet a robot named EF-DC1998 (a reference to the Dreamcast console and its year release of the first Sonic title).
- The Dreamcast and the Sega Saturn both have the fewest Sonic games for a Sega console.
- The Dreamcast appears as a controller in boat mode driven by AGES in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.
- The Dreamcast makes cameo appearances in Disney's Sonny with a Chance.
- A deleted scene for the animated short Sonic: Night of the Werehog features Sonic and Chip playing on a Dreamcast inside the haunted house.
- Sega Dreamcast GD-ROM discs were region-locked, but this could be circumvented with the use of boot discs and an installation of a region-free BIOS.
- The Sega Dreamcast was the last console to be marketed with "bits".
- The Dreamcast was the second Sega console to compete with a Sony console, the first being the Sega Saturn which tried to compete with the PlayStation. The Dreamcast competed with the PlayStation 2.
- Sega Dreamcast to spark price war. BBC News (16 April 1999). Archived from the original on 16 February 2011. Retrieved on 1 October 2018. “In the US, Dreamcast will ship on 9 September, 1999, and cost $199.”
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- Mullen, Michael (5 September 1999). ECTS: The Truth About the Dreamcast.... Retrieved on 25 July 2018.
- Official Sega Dreamcast Magazine Premier Issue Cover.
- Dreamcast at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.