It's been 20 years since the Dreamcast launched in the US -- 9/9/99! -- and it feels more influential than ever.
Is this an article about Sega and Dreamcast or a Microsoft PR article? You keep blabbing about them than Sega. What's funny is how journalists get this wrong about the OS. You could run a version of Windows CE on the system from the discs. But Sega went with a proprietary one and a most of the developers used Sega's. Windows CE was only for PC developers and multi platform development ease. WCE was not the main one. Networking was great. Anyone remember free online? I do. System was great. Games was great...most of them..lol! Would buy a Dreamcast mini in a minute if it's official. Until then, I'll just play the console and emulate on the go with my phone.
The Dreamcast was essentially the grandfather of the Xbox, that's why.
SEGA almost made a deal to make DC games BC on Xbox. MS used Dreamcast as test focus groups when developing the Xbox. Xbox almost had VMU's.
The dreamcast is not Xbox .5. That's giving Microsoft more of the credit than Sega. It's not an Xbox or Microsoft system even though you think it is. That's like saying PS1 is a Nintendo 2.0.
I read the article it was way more about Sega dreamcast.
You got Xbox fans thinking the Dreamcast was an Xbox. It wasn't. The article calls it an Xbox.5. It isn't.
Windows CE on dreamcast was only for system connectivity functions, basic I/O, and app launching. Everything else was handled by segas own runtime APIs, and the OS pretty much stopped when a game was playing. That last part isnt unlike modern systems, except the newer systems allow for the OS to have a more active role in certain game functions, and facilitate more common tasks like saving or connectivity with a system layer for the game to access. If sega hadn't dropped out of the console market, it's hard to say if MS would have made the first xbox. All MS really wanted was to have a place in the gaming market so Sony wouldn't dominate them in the living room. Was quite the observation of the future to realize how important consoles would become on MS part. Even if Sony or Nintendo would have partnered with MS for similar things, MS may not have bothered with the xbox, and the console space would certainly be a different place today
Dreamcast API was DX6 and Xbox was DX8.
It was actually a mix of segas APIs and dx. Dx stuff was used mostly for system stuff, but at the time, DX wasnt far enough along to allow for the lower level rendering routines which are common in console set ups. It wasnt like DX was on the PC where the OS would translate hardware calls on a OS layer for the hardware to interpret.
Fave system ever. Still, play it via HDMI often. Also the first console with a camera.
The Gameboy had a camera attachment. Admittedly it was crap by today's standards but for the time it was pretty cool
I said console.
And a gameboy is a handheld console if you want to play smart...
The NES had a camera. That little robot thing. It didnt do much, but it was there. I think one of the intellivisions had a camera as well, but it wasnt an input device
You mean everything except a right analog stick lol.
People are putting this system on a pedistal. The PS2 was miles better than the Dreamcast. The Dreamcast was a system that failed, hard. There was a reason for it. Take off the nostalgia glasses!
Not about which is better it’s Dreamcast anniversary we are just appreciating for what it was and what I did no need to say it’s not better we live in the current year man the rest is history we all know what happened
It failed because Sega was going bankrupt, and didnt have the money to compete against the sony juggernaut, and sega made a lot of bad decisions with hardware for years before the DC released, causing their customer confidence to dwindle. The system itself was really good, and it had great games for it's time. Just not enough compared to Sony, which was doing everything right for 2 gens at the time
Came out same day as FF8.
I remember as a 12 yr old the Sega and Nintendo wars PMSL the things KIDS argue about, good job we've all grown up now
Microsoft worked with Sega closely to see the effects of providing an online gaming system. They then moved on to provide their own system using the ideas from the past. As I've said, Dreamcast way ahead of it's time, shame Sega didn't have another chance with someone to provide another console.
The GREATEST console of ALL TIME. everything is the Dreamcast's BITCH!!!!
Yup. DC still gets new games.
If I had a time machine, I'd go back to playing PSO on school nights with the dreamcast Keyboard.
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