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SEGA hoped to make the original Xbox compatible with Dreamcast games

Kotaku writes: There have been rumors for years that Microsoft planned to buy Japanese game maker SEGA. But did you know SEGA hoped to make the original Xbox compatible with Dreamcast games?

The SEGA Dreamcast was launched in late 1998 to great fanfare. The console - featuring dial-up online - was years ahead of its time. Then the Sony's PlayStation 2 launched, and the SEGA console never recovered.

SEGA Chairman Isao Okawa was not willing to go down without a fight. "Before Mr. Okawa passed away," tweets former Microsoft exec Sam Furukawa, "he visited Gates several times, to see if it would be possible to add Dreamcast compatibility into the Xbox." According to Furukawa, Okawa was offering the SEGA assets to Xbox, it seems, which would create a path for Dreamcast customers to migrate to the Xbox.

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Picnic3252d ago (Edited 3252d ago )

I'm trying and failing to work out what would have been in this for Sega. Anyone who wanted to keep playing their Dreamcast games would surely rather do it on the elegant looking Dreamcast than the bulky Xbox. The Xbox ended up getting some great Sega games, e.g. Jet Set Radio Future and Outrun 2 (and Artoon, composed of ex-Sega employees, created Blinx The Time Sweeper). The Xbox too believed in the potential of online play and used off the shelf PC parts. But Microsoft weren't completely in line with the Dreamcast's philosophy to start with. Sega wouldn't have released anything as inelegant looking as the original Xbox. The Xbox 360, on the other hand, is much easier on the eye, in Dreamcast-type white and, like the Dreamcast, launched with some good exclusives, something that Sony have always been slower to do.

jerethdagryphon3252d ago

what would it have gotten them survival in some way rather then just being locked out

companys could have made dreamcast games fro a while then xbox games, it would have ben a boon for sega and brought ms segas software library bringing more users

mesh13252d ago

dont worry sega we did .

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