The Sega Dreamcast was the last console produced by Sega, and was also produced by: Videologic, Yamaha, Hitachi and Microsoft (who now producde the X-Box).
The main difference from its main rivals is that it was designed for network connectivity and multiplayer gaming. The Dreamcast can support four controllers, has an integral 33.6 Kbps modem, and an innovative visual memory PDA card that slots into the top of the controller. The machine can translate 3 million polygons per second, has a 64-channel sound system and a customised version of Windows CE.
- C.P.U: 200MHz Hitachi SuperH Risc processor
- Sound Processor: Yamaha Super Intelligent Sound Processor (simultaneously articulates 64 voices) with 3D environmental audio effects
- Video: PowerVR 2 3D graphics controller, 640 x 480 resolution at 24-bit colour.
- Operating Systems: Customized Sega OS. Dreamcast is also designed to run a custom flavor of Microsoft Windows CE, and will display the official WinCE logo at startup if the game that's running utilizes it.
- Memory: 16MB main memory, 8MB video memory, 2MB sound memoy.
- CD-ROM Drive: 12x (Maximum) proprietary Yamaha GD-ROM (Gigabyte Disc) capable of holding up to 1GB of data.
- On-board Modem: 33 Kbps
Controllers: Gray casing, featuring analog thumb stick, floating digital D-pad (cross-style), four face buttons (A, B, X, Y), and two analog triggers. Top of controller features two VMS slots and a small groove for routing the cable vertically.
- Visual Memory (sold separately): A liquid-crystal display PDA for game data backup and data exchange.
- Console Dimensions: 7 7/16" X 7 11/16" X 3"
- Weight: 4.4lbs
Visual Memory Unit Specification:
- CPU: 8-bit
- Memory: 128KB
- LCD Display: 48 Dots (W) x 32 Dots (H), monochrome
- Display Size: 37 mm (W) x 26 mm (H)
- Case Dimensions: 47 mm (W) x 80 mm (H) x 16 mm (D)
- Power source: 2 x CR2032 watch-style batteries, power-save feature
- Sound: 1 channel PWM sound source
- Weight: 45g