The Sega Dreamcast was a video games console way ahead of its time.
If you’ve ever owned a Dreamcast, check out these awesome facts!
- The Sega Dreamcast was the first 128-bit console in the market.
- The name of this console was declared as “Katana”, but was later changed to Dreamcast.
- It was released on the 25th November, 1998 in Japan.
- Just one year after its release, the Dreamcast had successfully out sold Nintendo!
- In the same year, it also broke the record of the Sony PlayStation, by having more than 200,000 orders placed in advance!
- It used to have a built-in 56k modem for connecting to the Internet and playing online.
- The Dreamcast was also the first console which allowed real-time online play feature.
- It was also the only games console that provided the facility to surf the Internet and send e-mails!
- Sega Dreamcast also had the capabilities for VGA and that is why a special VGA cable was also released at the same.
- It was the first ever games console to have motion controllers.
- Shenmue and Shenmue 2 were the two most expensive games ever made for the Dreamcast. The first costing $47 million to make, and the second in the squeal costing a whooping $70 million!
- The CDs used in this console were easily readable from the standard CD-ROM drives.
- At the time of its release, it was the only games console that had a hit game on every genre.
- It is said that the Xbox console was inspired from the Sega Dreamcast.
- The first version of this console was released at a price of $199.99.
- The logo of the Dreamcast console means “origin of power”.
- The makers of Dreamcast were planning for 3D games to be launched on this console.
- Due to the large competition, in 2001 Sega announced that they would discontinue the Dreamcast.
- Despite this, the console was still sold up until 2007 in parts of Japan.
- As of 2002, 10.6 million units were sold worldwide.
- In different parts of the world, the color of the swirl in the logo were different. Japan had an orange swirl, North America had it in red, whilst Europe had a blue swirl.
- Even though the Dreamcast was short-lived, they makers produced a few different versions of the console. The most popular being a black model with the “Sega Sports” logo on the lid.
- As of November 2007, the Dreamcast had 688 official games, with a number of unofficial games still being released for the hard-core fans.
- Despite the discontinuation of the Dreamcast, a number of the more popular games can still be played online!
- Due to the Dreamcast’s features, that were ahead of its time, it is still held in high regard, and many of the new modern consoles that have online play have a lot to thank the Sega Dreamcast for.
- The Dreamcast’s newest game ‘Ghost Blade‘, which was released on 21st September 2015.