SEGA Dreamcast

SEGA Dreamcast Emulators

About the SEGA Dreamcast

Sega Dream Cast

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.

Dreamcast Emulators

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

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.

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.

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.

SEGA Dreamcast Specifications

CPU Specifications

  • Processor: Hitachi SH-4 (128-bit)
  • Processor Speed: 200 MHz
  • Millions of instructions per second: 360
  • Floating-point operations per seccond: 1.4 billion
  • Main RAM: 16MB SDRAM

GPU Specifications

  • Processor: NEC PowerVR2 DC
  • Polygons per second: 7.0 Million
  • Video RAM: 8 MiB 4×16 Bit
  • Fillrate: 100 MPixels/s

Audio Specifications

  • Processor: Yamaha AICA (32-bit)
  • Processor Speed: 22.5 MHz
  • Co-Processor: ARM7 RISC
  • Co-Processor Speed: 45 MHz
  • Channels: 64
  • Audio RAM: 2 MiB (16-bit)