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Sega Dreamcast Console

by Sega
Sega Dreamcast
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,051 customer reviews)

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  • All the proper cable hook ups come with
  • Console comes with one controller with VMU(Visual Memory Unit)

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00000K2R4
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 5.8 x 13.4 inches ; 5.5 pounds
  • Media: Electronics
  • Release Date: September 9, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,051 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,793 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

The Dreamcast system is, in a word, awesome. Fire up Soul Calibur, and instantly you'll appreciate that the graphics and gameplay are even better than in the arcade version. And Sonic Adventure, with its light-speed gameplay, is sure to wow even the most jaded gamer.

It's amazing that such a small machine (it's about the size of your mouse pad) can deliver such incredible performance. Chalk it up to superior engineering. Dreamcast's only downside is that it comes with only one controller and a demo disc. In order to truly take advantage of Dreamcast's capabilities, we recommend outfitting the controller with a Jump Pack and a Visual Memory Unit. Getting one or more extra controllers is also a good idea, because some of the best Dreamcast games support up to four players at once.

Why it's so cool:

  • Ultramodern components: Custom-made video, audio, and processor technology blows away the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation and puts Dreamcast in the same league as PS2 and XBox.
  • Integrated modem: In another video-game first, Dreamcast comes with a 56K modem. Use your regular Internet service provider and the separately sold keyboard to access e-mail, shopping, and the World Wide Web. Not only can you upload high scores, participate in chat discussions, and download updates and enhancements for your games, but, through a membership to the SegaNet Internet service provider, you can play Quake III Arena, NFL 2K1, and other games against Dreamcast owners over the Internet.
  • The Visual Memory Unit (VMU): More than just a memory card, the VMU is a miniature portable game system that fits inside a controller--so its LCD screen is easily seen by you but hidden from your opponent.
  • All-in-one entertainment: It plays games. It plays audio CDs. It connects to the Internet and lets you browse the Web or e-mail friends. Our note to the cost-conscious: If you have a Dreamcast system, you just don't need a separate CD player or a separate computer. Dreamcast does it all, and does it well.
--Mike Fehlauer

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341 of 378 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SURPRISING DREAMCAST November 4, 2000
By A Customer
I purchased a Sega Dreacast last Christmas and couldn't be happier. The graphics are jaw-dropping and there's a truckload of games, 200 or so by Christmas 2000, some titles like Shenmu, Ecco the Dolphin, and Soul Calibur could be classified as works of art. As an engineer in the hi-tech field I'm always impressed by a design masterpiece, you can be assured I'm impressed with the Dreamcast. Now let's talk about the PS2, I've studied the Dreamcast and the PS2 for over a year by researching numerous design articles on the Internet and unfortunately for Sony, the word is getting out, the PS2 is a bad design. Sony had great plans for a powerhouse machine, but they all fell apart due to a serious design flaw that traumatizes the entire system. Here's the bottom line, the PS2 is severely limited by an anemic 4 MB Video ram memory in the graphics subsystem, this is the pipeline that controls video output to the screen, everything must pass thru this pipeline before it appears on the television. By comparison, the Dreamcast has twice the size of the PS2 pipeline, or 8 MB video ram memory. This still does not tell the complete story, the Dreamcast has a superior graphics engine that makes it's 8 MB pipeline perform more like 10 times the pipeline in the PS2, yes, that's right, I said 10 times. This gives the Dreamcast the ability to produce screen output the PS2 simply cannot match. This probably sounds hard to believe after all the hype you've heard about the PS2, but sadly, it's true. In a nutshell, Sony built a 750 horsepower Ferrari and then fitted it with a Ford Pinto exhaust system. No matter how much power the PS2 engine can deliver, the entire system is choked by the restricted output and software developers are left frantically scrambling trying to work around the problems this causes. Read more ›
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, great system November 10, 2000
By A Customer
For the upcoming holiday season, this is the system to get. Nevermind the PS2 - at this point in time, the best games on any console system are for the Dreamcast. Sure, PS2 games are going to get better, but if you're looking for something that's a lot of fun right now, the Dreamcast is your system. I'm a college student who just purchased a Dreamcast last week, along with Jet Grind Radio, Rayman 2, Power Stone 2, and Street Fighter Alpha 3, all of which are incredible. If you're looking for great platformers, arcade translations, and innovative new games, look no further. The quality of games on this machine are simply incredible, and even though the PS2 boasts more powerful hardware, keep in mind that the most powerful system dosn't necessarily have the best games.
While Sega's future may be uncertain, they're definitely giving their best effort with their push for SegaNet. Any PC gamer will tell you that it's infinitely more satisfying to play against other people rather than CPU-controlled opponents. One other thing to consider is the cost of a PS2 (assuming that you can find one).
With a lot of promise on the horizon (including, finally, some quality RPG's in Skies of Arcadia and Grandia 2), the Dreamcast would make a great gift or purchase.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you're in the market for a next generation console right now, your options are pretty limited. Buy a Dreamcast or wait for PS2 to come out in October. Well, I'm here to tell you to buy a Dreamcast. Sony is marketing the PS2 as if it's the greatest thing since sliced bread, and many people are believing it. But when you take away the hype, the PS2 is just a machine, as is the dreamcast, and it comes down to which machine will provide you with more enjoyment. First and foremost, you are not going to enjoy coughing up .. bucks for the PS2(... for the console ... if you want a game). Dreamcast is rumored to be cutting it's price ... , which should be taking place some time very soon. You will certainly enjoy saving yourself, or santa, .. bucks. But would you then be getting an inferior console? The answer to that is surprisingly "no." When making a side by side comparison of Dead or Alive 2 (a game on both Dreamcast and PS2) one realizes that the Dreamcast version is actually better! Another comparison can be drawn from games like Sega GT and Gran Turismo 2000. Many game critics are saying that Sega GT looks like the better game at this point, and this is saying a lot given Gran Turismo's reputation as a great racing game. Also, the PS2 only has two controller ports. Looks like you'll have to give sony an extra $30 if you want to play a game with 3 friends. People who are all about the PS2 seem to all say the same thing. "You can play DVD's." This is a great feature, but it's really not that big of a deal. PS2 will cost about ... more than Dreamcast, and DVD players are dropping in price, so you might be able to find one for around .... anyway. Read more ›
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Kept Secret in Gaming November 23, 2001
Dreamcast is no doubt the most underated console on the market...Everybody is talking about the "BIG" 3 PS2..Xbox..and gamecube...but they seem to forget that dreamcast is in the same league as those systems...The graphics are excellent, the game play of it's large library of games is excellent.. it comes with a build in 56k modem.... I have had a blast playing quake 3, Alien Front online, the NFL2k series etc over the internet..
The Dropped price of the dreamcast is more than amazing, I have had my dreamcast since may of 2000, I will buy me another one. Just in case the one I have breaks or get brokens...
I will soon own a playstation 2 (hopefully)..but i will not stop playing or buying new games for my dreamcast...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, it works
The console itself has minor scuff marks, scratches and wear, but works
Published 12 days ago by Noah
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sega Dreamcast is one of the most excellent consoles to ever hit...
The Sega Dreamcast is one of the most excellent consoles to ever hit the market. At the time of release, 9.9.99, it was brain-shattering. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Justin Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Came with bad AV cable -- no big deal.
Published 20 days ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Glad I could revisit my old games!
Published 20 days ago by Michael W. Schwader
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
It didn't work. -_-
Published 21 days ago by Scotty Walden
5.0 out of 5 stars it works
i miss playin my dreamcast tittles of the games so im collecting the most greatest console in the world. real talk
Published 1 month ago by emanuel
1.0 out of 5 stars Console doesn't work
I ordered this and the console doesn't even work I have ordered 2 different controllers thinking it was the controllers no it is the system I want my money back for this.
Published 3 months ago by samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars great system
has never failed me yet. i have beaten all the games i got for it and it still works like new.
Published 3 months ago by KamaruAshamae
5.0 out of 5 stars Great system!
This is my favorite system of all time. There are alot of great games on the Dreamcast like Sonic Adventure 1 and 2, Chu Chu Rocket, Jet Grind Radio, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent console
Having this system again has allowed me to re-experience so much of the fun I had years ago. Resident evil games, Shenmue, Railroad Tycoon 2, these are just a few of the games that... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dave
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