SEGA Dreamcast

SEGA Dreamcast
Developer: Sega
Released: 1994

SEGA Dreamcast Specifications

CPU: Hitachi SH-4 (128-bit)
CPU Speed: 200 MHz
RAM: 16 MB SDRAM
GPU: NEC PowerVR2 DC
GPU Speed: 100 MHz
Video RAM: 8 MB
Audio Processor: Yamaha AICA (32-bit)
Audio Processor Speed: 22.5 MHz
Audio Co-Processor: ARM7 RISC
Audio Co-Processor Speed: 45 MHz
Audio RAM: 2 MiB

The Sega Dreamcast was released back on November 27, 1998 in Japan, September 9, 1999 in November and finally 1999 in Europe. It is also the final console that Sega released with no successors afterwards.

After the setback Sega had with the Saturn system such as high production costs and very complex hardware they decided to take a different approach. The outcome of this decision was a console that was designed to be much more intelligent with subsystems working in parallel.

The console was originally very successful as the U.S launch was highly backed by a large marketing campaign but interest in the console rapidly declined once Sony started to build the hype for their upcoming console.

There were many factors to why Sega exited the console market but the Dreamcast was one of the leading issues with failing to meet sales expectations and the rise in tough competition such as the Playstation 2, Xbox and Nintendo’s latest console.

Even though it had such as short lifespan and very limited support the console was still praised as being ahead of its time.

There were some pretty awesome games that were released for the Sega Dreamcast just to name a few Crazy Taxi, Shenmue, Jet Set Radio and as well of some great high quality ports from the Naomi arcade system board.

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SEGA Dreamcast Emulators

Chankast
Chankast

Chankast was one of the first Dreamcast emulators that were able to emulate commercial Dreamcast games successfully. Due to development ending abruptly, Chankast was left buggy and unstable.

DEmul
DEmul

Demul is regarded as one of the best Dreamcast emulators available. Demul focusses on compatibility while making use of more modern rendering techniques such as using DirectX 11.

NullDC
NullDC

NullDC is a Dreamcast emulator that boasts a high compatibility rate and stable performance. It is a great Dreamcast emulator for those on Windows and Linux based systems.

Reicast
Reicast

Reicast is a fast and highly compatible Dreamcast emulator by the same team that developed Reicast. Reicast primarily focuses on Android, but builds are available for Windows as well.