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Specification for Sega Dreamcast

Main characteristics
Console Type: Home Console
Platform: Dreamcast
Gaming Type: Online Gaming
Memory
Installed RAM: 16 MB
Display
Max. Resolution: 680 x 480
Graphics
Graphic Processor Speed: 100 MHz
Polygons Per Second: 3 Million
Max. Number Of Colors: 17M Colors
Storage Type
Optical Drive Type: CD-ROM
Technical Features
Communication Type: 56 Kbps Modem
Controller Pad Ports: 4
Expansion Slots: Memory Card Slot
Main Controls: 4 Way Cross Keypad A/B/X/Y Buttons
Input / Output Ports: 4 x Game Controller Port 1 x Serial Port
DVD Movie Playback: No DVD Movie Playback
Other Features
Power Requirements: 120 AC, 60 Hz
Other
Height: 7.6 cm
Width: 19 cm
Depth: 18.4 cm
Weight: 1.4 kg
External Color: White
Release Date: September, 1999

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★★★★★

“Ah The dreamcast.. ”

Written on: 14/12/2009 by dancza (6 reviews written)

Ah The dreamcast..
I WISH I STILL HAD ONE!
Possibly the most Underrated console ever built!
i reckon its got THE most fun games on a console.. And today you can get em for under £20!

Also why hasnt any other console used those cool vmu memory cards with the screens?… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Good graphic, the screen in memory card, good shadow...”

Written on: 18/08/2008

Good graphic, the screen in memory card, good shadow for the characters and very good games. The Dreamcast is the only one console who have a screen in the memory card. The internet is not really good.

It's my favorite console… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“For it's time, this console was just supreme, it even...”

Written on: 09/07/2008 by WhereIsJamesBond (2 reviews written)

For it's time, this console was just supreme, it even had a sort of dashboard where you could manage settings and music and your VMU (memory card), I even think it had a small hardrive. The memory cards were games as well, not even super consoles like the 360 has that greatness, truly amazing… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The console that lead the industry into the online...”

Written on: 02/05/2008

The console that lead the industry into the online console gaming we have today, not to mention the original home of motion sensitive controllers, video game camera and much more.

I cannot recommend the Dreamcast enough. Obviously it now lacks the graphics capabilities of the newer systems, but if you can look past this you will find a gaming experience that is unsurpassed... amazing!… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Dreamcast just rules the world!”

Written on: 18/01/2008

Dreamcast just rules the world!… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“This is the most underrated system of all time. In the...”

Written on: 04/01/2008

This is the most underrated system of all time. In the past 6 months I have bought a Dreamcast and collected 32 games for it. I still play it a good amount considering I work full time and have an Xbox 360. I definitely recommend this system… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“To sum up a decent console with some classic titles! ”

Written on: 26/12/2007

To sum up a decent console with some classic titles!
Just didn't take off properly. I've just bought another one now, Christmas eve 2007 because I want to complete shenmue… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The Dreamcast was a great gaming system. It had...”

Written on: 27/03/2006 by JahRoole (1 review written)

The Dreamcast was a great gaming system. It had excellent games, awesome hardware, internet, and a sweet controller on top of that. This was Sega's best work. The tiny underestimated system did not deserve to die. I personally did not have overheating problems with my Dreamcast, but my friend did. Despite popular belief, the PlayStation 2 is actually inferior to the Dreamcast. The Dreamcast can support up to 32 layers, while the PlayStation 2 could only support up to 24. Despite this, the death… Read Full Review

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“After well and truly having its reputation dragged...”

Written on: 13/11/2005 by TOMLEECEE (121 reviews written)

After well and truly having its reputation dragged backwards through the mud with nearly a decade of poor console add-ons (Mega CD, 32X) and underperforming systems (Saturn, Game Gear), 1999 was a year for reflection for Sega. The result of this time of convalescence? A total company rebrand and the birth of a legend: The Dreamcast.

The death knell was sounded for the Sega Saturn in early 1998 as the company finally succumbed to the reality that was the success of the PlayStation and the… Read Full Review

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Bertie's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 16/11/2005

'Simply tie a piece of speaker wire around the legs of the resistor in order to bypass it ...'
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<br>Don't forget to remove any insulation from the wire first.

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Hairydavey's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 09/03/2007

I bought a Dreamcast when they first came out and then sold it with the arrival of the PS2.
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<br/>Worst move I ever made, although thankfully I found a brand new boxed example for the bargain price of £25 and I&#039;ve tracked down some excellent games for it!
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<br/>Word of note, if you are lucky enough to get one of the earlier manufactured machines that were built before summer 2001 you can find several torrents to download. The earlier machines don&#039;t require a bootdisc in order to play copied games (this didn&#039;t help the Dreamcast much unfortunately, it was a very easy machine to copy software for).
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<br/>They do indeed still make games for the machine in Japan, although this market is starting to wind down now and some of the Limited edition Dreamcasts such as the black Japanese Dreamcasts and especially the limited edition Biohazard Dreamcasts go for considerable amounts of money on the collector market.
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<br/>Shame it died, I still play mine now!

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Tomleecee's Response to TOMLEECEE's Review

Written on: 16/11/2005

Oops! You're right!

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★★★★☆

“Sega Dreamcast - Sega's last console they ever made....”

Written on: 23/06/2004 by thatphilbloke (1 review written)

Sega Dreamcast - Sega's last console they ever made. Some top, original and exclusive games including Power Stone 1+2, Seaman (with microphone!), Chu Chu Rocket, Ferrari F355 and Samba de Amigo (with Maracas!!!) However, most of the best games are better known for appearing on the XBOX, Gamecube and PS2 as either conversions or sequels. Crazi Taxi, Shenmue 1/2, Metropolis Street Racer (XBOX updates were called Project Gotham Racing), Jet Set Radio, Soul Calibur and Phantasy Star Online all… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Dreamcast is the BEST console. U DONT HAVE TO READ...”

Written on: 04/06/2004 by azngrrl220 (3 reviews written)

Dreamcast is the BEST console. U DONT HAVE TO READ THIS! GO BUY ONE NOW! I own a PS2, PS1, Genesis, N64, GBC, NGPC, and a lot of consoles. But none of them can compare with the dreamcast. I even prefer playing with my dreamcast than the newer consoles. First of all it has godly graphics, came out a little just before the PS2. The games are awesome. Most of the games are so great, that they have moved up to the Gamecube, such as Sonic Adventure 2, shenmue, evolution, DDR, house of the dead and… Read Full Review

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Fanaticalaz's Response to azngrrl220's Review

Written on: 11/11/2009

Hi! Is the Dreamcast defintiely worth buying, even at this stage? Iv owned a 360 and am currently the proud owner of the new PS3 slim. Im considering buying a Dreamcast but am unsre. Wat do u think?

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★★★★★

“The Sega DreamCast is a great system for the money,...”

Written on: 24/03/2004 by TheGreatTrendkill (1 review written)

The Sega DreamCast is a great system for the money, especially in today's market. While it may not sport a lot of the hardware beef that the PS2 or XBOX do, it still packs quite a punch of power for it's cost. The games are great, and it has quite a large library, in fact a few games that started on the DreamCast have made their way to the newer nexgen systems (E.G Resident Evil : Code Veronica has been ported to the PS2).
The system sports a Hitachi SH-4 200mhz CPU and 16 megs of system ram… Read Full Review

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Tomleecee's Response to TheGreatTrendkill's Review

Written on: 13/11/2005

Nice review, but just a slight correction on the point about the N64 CPU speed - it actually runs at 97.4 Mhz, not 66Mhz. Sorry to be picky!

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★★★☆☆

“Say goodbye to Sega as a console maker as Nintendo...”

Written on: 06/01/2004 by Rowan (4 reviews written)

Say goodbye to Sega as a console maker as Nintendo loses it's age old rival.
Good news though is that Sega as a designer still lives on. F Zero GX is an excellent game thanks to Sega contributing it's expertise and the Sonic series still lives on.
The brilliant graphics sparked off a gaming revolution that sadly killed the console in the end.
It had it's day in the spotlight and it's day was good but now it's games can be bought for a pitiful £4....sad… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Don't sit here reading this just buy one”

Written on: 13/06/2003 by Blue Monkey. (1 review written)

Don't sit here reading this just buy one… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Buy a Dreamcast Now there now very Cheap and good...”

Written on: 13/06/2003 by Blue Monkey. (1 review written)

Buy a Dreamcast Now there now very Cheap and good value for money… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“This is a really good console ive had one for about...”

Written on: 12/04/2003 by Andrew. (1 review written)

This is a really good console ive had one for about two years now and it is really fun. I still play it. It has so many awsome games like crazy taxi, soul calibur, sonic adventure 1 and 2, marvel vs capcom 1 and 2, and shemmue. The games are very cheap every thing for it is a great price… Read Full Review

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“It really is sad that Sega got everything right with...”

Written on: 27/07/2002 by Bonzo Banana. (1 review written)

It really is sad that Sega got everything right with regards the design of the Dreamcast console but got practically every wrong with regards to marketing.

This console is massively powerful, as can be seen in games like shenmue, msr, Quake 3, Jet Set Radio, Unreal and Half Life (if they didn't, can it be because it made the ps2 version look awful which was being released shortly after). The Dreamcast is a very clean design but at its heart it has a decent Hitachi risc cpu and a very decent… Read Full Review

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234452_Tizzicle's Response to 30787_Bonzo Banana.'s Review

Written on: 17/03/2006

I have recently bought a Dreamcast as I have always wanted one since they came out. Sega should have marketed it properly to allow it to compete with Sony and Nintendo, its powerful processor still gives it an edge over other consoles. Compared with the Playstation 2, I rather have a Dreamcast.

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“Bought this console 4 weeks ago after owning a...”

Written on: 27/02/2001 by Peter. (1 review written)

Bought this console 4 weeks ago after owning a Nintendo 64. The games are cheaper because they are CD ROM rather than cartridge. However, this means they load slower and make a noise as they are read.
Console is worth owning just to play MSR (Metropolitan Street Racer).
UK Price just dropped to £99 (just after I payed £150).
Sega are planning to wind down manufacture of this console now… Read Full Review

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