The Dreamcast is a video game console which was released by Sega in late 1998 as the successor to the Sega Saturn. It was the first entry in the sixth generation of video game consoles, preceding Sony’s PlayStation 2, Microsoft’s Xbox and the Nintendo GameCube.
Sega discontinued the Dreamcast in March 2001 and withdrew entirely from the console hardware business, making it the company’s final console. Support of the system continued in Europe and Oceania until the end of 2002, while in Japan, consoles were still sold until 2006 and new licensed games continued to be released. According to Bernie Stolar, former President and CEO of Sega of America, the Dreamcast was discontinued because the new chair of Sega wanted the company to focus on software.
Despite its short lifespan, the Dreamcast has garnered cult status for its history and features. It was widely hailed as ahead of its time, and is still held in high regard for pioneering online console gaming—it was the first console to include a built-in modem and Internet support for online play. As of 2011, the console is still supported through various MIL-CD independent releases.4 Comments