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 withdrawing from the console market altogether.
The Dreamcast had a relatively short life, being released in 1998 in Japan and 1999 in the rest of the world. Despite the console's positive reviews, the Dreamcast was discontinued in North America in November 2001, followed by Europe and Australia in September 2002, and finally 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 they make arcade equipment.
Only four Sonic the Hedgehog games were released for the platform.
Sega Smash Pack Volume 1
Sonic Adventure 2
The Dreamcast uses a proprietary optical media named "GD-ROM", which are close to the size of a regular compact disc and can be inserted into a PC to access bonus content, such as 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 of 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 DC!"
- Some Dreamcast games were compiled into the Dreamcast Collection for the Xbox 360 and PC.
- The logo 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, uses 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 Eggmanland in Sonic Unleashed, Sonic can meet a robot named EF-DC1998, who's name is a reference to the Dreamcast console and the year its first Sonic title released.
- 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 TV show, 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.
- 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 the processer's 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.
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