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  • In 1999 Sega released the Dreamcast, their last entry into the console market.

  • After the Saturn fell well behind the PlayStation and Nintendo 64

  • Sega decided to pull out all the stops with the Dreamcast to regain the lead.

  • Looking at the console youll find quite a few trailblazing features

  • including a modem which came standard and allowed for all

  • Dreamcast users to play games online as well as download

  • DLC years before it became the standard.

  • The Dreamcast also was unique in the way it stored data.

  • Instead of using ordinary memory cards like many of it’s competitors,

  • games were saved on removable packs called VMUs.

  • A VMU plugged into the controller and featured a display

  • along with a few buttons which allowed you to play a handful of minigames

  • depending on what game save data you had on the VMU.

  • Looking at the controller youll find that it’s surprisingly good.

  • While a bit larger that you might like it’s got an interesting and

  • nicely ergonomic shape which is no small feat considering you could

  • fit two VMUs into the controller. The joystick is really great

  • and the function buttons are nicely sized and spaced out.

  • The rear triggers have a near perfect amount of feedback

  • and the entire controller is impressively rock solid considering how light it is.

  • The Dreamcast hardware is fairly compact and good looking.

  • Up front youll find four controller ports along with a

  • smallCompatible with Windows CElogo. The Dreamcast was unique

  • in the fact that the operating system was installed from the disc

  • every time you turned on the system. This meant that it was possible

  • to use multiple operating systems and updates to keep the Dreamcast always a step ahead.

  • On the top youll find Power and Open buttons. The Dreamcast takes

  • GD-ROM discs that look just like a CD however they have 1.2GB of capacity.

  • The sides of the console are fairly clean until you get to the back

  • where you will find ports to plug in the power cable, a serial port, AV out

  • and either the modem or ethernet connections depending on which you had installed.

  • Many regard the Dreamcast as being ahead of it’s time and in many cases

  • that’s absolutely true. The graphics were solid and the addition of online play

  • and the interesting if a bit underwhelming VMU was very unique.

  • However it just wasn’t to be, by the time the PlayStation 2 came out

  • the Dreamcast was already losing steam and Sega wasted no time

  • in discontinuing their console business altogether after less than two years

  • in the North American market. Regardless of how it did commercially

  • there’s no doubt that the last ever Sega console went out with a bang.

In 1999 Sega released the Dreamcast, their last entry into the console market.

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