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Why did the Sega Dreamcast fail

So this is my first article. Yay! Just the thing to kick start your day. Today I’ll be tackling a very familiar topic for gamers of old, Sega’s Dreamcast . It was supposed to create another era in gaming history, so why did it fail? This question has been asked by not just gamers but by Sega fans everywhere for close to ten years now. This article will be looking at the points which I think caused it’s failure. Eight generation consoles are upon us, so people may wonder why did the Dreamcast fail when other consoles did not, let’s get started shall we?

Sega was known for its great games, but what happened? The Dreamcast was plagued by under-par third party support. Sega didn’t choose to go with the trend of using IBM microprocessor chips, instead opting for Hitachi’s SH-4 processor. This was a wise move when you consider how advanced the Dreamcast was in comparison to its competitors. The controller caused quite a stir, at first glance gamers thought that they couldn’t handle it’s odd shape and small buttons, but in their mistake they were actually witnessing Sega’s attempt to revolutionise gaming controls.

The Dreamcast was released in 1999, just when the Playstation 2 was gaining popularity

This meant that gamers couldn’t afford to get both, so they chose one or the other. The Playstation 2 won this war because it was a more practical choice due to it’s built-in DVD player.

Sega were true pioneers in their time but it seems that they failed to capitalize on their technical prowess and ability to make great games. Although the Dreamcast was a step in the right direction, it wasn’t enough to compete with Sony’s Playstation 2. So there you have it, is this my opinion on why Sega failed? Did I miss any points out? If so please leave a comment below and let me know what you think caused Sega to fail.

The Dreamcast had a short lifespan – it was discontinued in 2001

The Dreamcast was discontinued because of poor sales and lack of third party support. But what caused this? Well I think the answer lies with the points above, but if you disagree why not head on over to the blog section and let me know in a comment below! If you agree, be sure to bookmark this page so you don’t miss my next article. This is a subsection of the blog section, please head over there for more articles. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered by Disqus You are also interested in… PlayStation 4.

Sega didn’t do a good job of marketing the Dreamcast

The Dreamcast was also discontinued due to poor marketing, Sega didn’t really set out to get the word out there. The Dreamcast was marketed as a great multimedia device, but they failed to mention what made this console so special. The Playstation 2 was marketed as a DVD player and games console, so it had a clear message from the start. The Dreamcast’s name wasn’t exactly clear enough for people to know what this console was supposed to do or be used for.


So there you have it, did I miss anything out? If so, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. Thanks for reading! This article has been viewed 103 times. Be sure to check out the other articles here on the blog. Comment below letting me know what you think caused Sega’s failure. For more gaming related articles be sure to head over to the blog section .