The introduction of the Dreamcast was Sega’s last attempt to regain its place at the forefront of the console market & was their final product as a hardware manufacturer. It was a powerful machine using the Hitachi SH-4 chip for its CPU, & a graphics chip produced by Videologic & NEC originally designed as a 3D accelerator for PCs. It was the first console to be shipped with a modem, giving users access to Sega’s online ‘Dreamarena’. Despite critical acclaim for titles like Jet Set Radio & Space Channel 5, & the successful adaptation of well-known Sony & Nintendo titles, like Rayman the Dreamcast’s decline began as early as 1999 when slow sales meant third-party developers dropped support for the console in favour of those manufactured by Sony, Nintendo & new player Microsoft.
- Japan 1998 – games produced until 2004
- Units sold: 10 million
- Number of games: 500
- Game storage: GD-ROM
Loaned by The National Videogame Arcade, Nottingham