Dreamcast Initial Press Release

Dreamcast pre-release press pack

Posted by Staff

Ethan Frome






What is Dreamcast?style='font-size:19.0pt'>


style='font-size:17.0pt'>Dreamcast is the world?s most powerful games machine,

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Dreamcast is
not just another console but a new entertainment brand that will revolutionise
gaming the world over.


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As well as
playing the best games ever seen, Dreamcast will offer easy internet access
through your television. Dreamcast
users will also soon be able to connect with other users all over the country
and effortlessly join them in playing the same games.


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will respond to future trends in digital entertainment by changing and
advancing its capabilities.


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style='font-size:15.0pt'>As well as defining new standards in consoles and
gaming, Dreamcast also introduces radical new features that will change home
gaming forever

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The Online Connection

Multiplayer gaming and more ? a
first for consoles


Dreamcast will
have the ability to connect to the internet and open up a whole new world for
the home console owner. With a Dreamcast connected to their TV and phone
socket, owners will be able to go online and engage in multiplayer games ?
several people from across the country all playing the same game against each
other at the same time. This will bring a new depth to console gaming and will
begin building new online friendships. If you choose, Dreamcasting will be a
truly community pursuit rather than a solitary occupation.


Dreamcast will
also be able to offer easy home internet access through your television.



The Visual Memory

The Visual
Memory unit or VM is a separate games unit that can plug into a Dreamcast
controller or be used on its own.


The VM can:


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save game
information and scores so you can take them with you


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be used
during game play to change game options without other players seeing ? football
formations etc.


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be used as a
clock and calendar


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be used as a
hand-held games machine


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plug into
other VM units to exchange information with other players


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plug into
other VM units to play 2 player games


The combination of
the online connection, the Visual Memory and the power of the Dreamcast console
will change gaming forever. We hope you watch with interest as the full
potential of Dreamcast is uncovered.





Dreamcast ? The Story So Far?style='font-size:22.0pt;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>



May 1998

Sega unveil a
revolution in gaming consoles ? Dreamcast. This 128-bit system blows the competition
away and sets a new standard. The world waits with baited breath.



August 1998

Sega unveils Sonic
Adventure to a stunned public. The game is better than anyone had dared hope.
The hedgehog is back!



November 1998

Dreamcast launches
in Japan to mass hysteria ? people queuing for days beforehand, queues snaking
down the street on launch day, people fighting for machines. The entire games
district of Tokyo is brought to a standstill.



January 1999

Sega Rally
Championship 2 launched in Japan. It?s online multiplay ready and a revolution
in online gaming begins. Dreamcast reaches the 500,000 sales mark in Japan.



April 1999

One million
Dreamcasts sold in Japan. Dreamcast is now the fastest selling games console,



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May 1999

Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles ? the biggest games show in the world.

dominates the show after unveiling a stunning array of games.



October 14thstyle="mso-spacerun: yes"> 1999

Dreamcast launches
in the UK in September with a full and exciting line up of games titles, with
new titles every week from launch to Christmas.



December 1999

It?s a Dreamcast








Internet Access Free With


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lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt'>SEGA Europe today (13th May,
1999) announces its latest evolutionary stage - it becomes the first global
electronics company to become an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Dreamcast,
SEGA?s new games console, to be launched on October 14th , 1999,
will offer free unlimited pan-European Internet access.

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