Sony's Dream, Sega's Nightmare?

Now that PlayStation 2 has stomped its way into the headlines, what will happen to Dreamcast?

For the past few months, gaming news has been taken over by Dreamcast. But that changed the minute Sony let the PlayStation 2 cat out of the bag in Tokyo on Tuesday. The fact that Sony's next machine already sounds like a huge leap over current PC technology isn't the only thing to consider. It could also dash Sega's hopes for becoming the dominant console in the next-generation market.

But it's not impossible to think that the Dreamcast can survive this challenge from Sony. It's already been reported that Dreamcast will retail for US$199, compared to the next-generation PlayStation's price tag, rumored to be around the $500 mark. Being the lower-priced alternative could give Dreamcast the mass-market advantage for the first year or so. Because there will be a year span between the launch of the Dreamcast in the US and the launch of PlayStation 2 here, there's plenty of time for Sega to get a foothold and carve out a niche for itself. But will a niche be enough? And is Sega up to direct competition with Sony, and do they have the kind of third party support to back them up?

The task has become infinitely more difficult now though - Square and Namco, having presented the first technology demos running on PS2 hardware, are almost assuredly going to support PS2. Dreams of Namco putting full support into Dreamcast are pretty well gone, and Square, while reportedly it does have Dreamcast development kits, will probably also make the jump right into PlayStation 2 as its "Emotion Engine" is exactly what Square has been fiending for since Final Fantasy VII was first in development.

Sega is expected to make an official statement later today or tomorrow regarding Sony's announcements (but has not as of press time). Dreamcast will be directly affected by today's events, whereas Nintendo's next system (early in development now) will likely catch the market after the PS2 has been introduced.

It's too early to judge which system will come out on top (and especially from today's excitement it seems that the pendulum has swung back in Sony's favor). As is always the case in this industry, things can change on a daily basis. And PlayStation 2 is still over a year away for the US market.

But finally, many questions have been answered about Sony's next system. Enough to get excited about it, but don't sell your PlayStation and camp out in a bunker until Fall 2000 just yet. There's still plenty of good gaming experiences left on PlayStation, Dreamcast and Nintendo 64 to come before PlayStation 2 is a reality. While we watch the events unfold in Japan, we'll bring them to you.

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CanJayLive
CanJayLive

well i would still play my Dreamcast only if i could find a AV cable but even then i couldn't play it on my tv. lol i can't even play my N64 on my hd tv

Mokintash
Mokintash

Your right score89 Playstation 2 is still quite vibrant in some of its online games. The game Starwars battle front 2 and 1 are still cramed with many online palyers and many of the people I know continue to play there PS2's because they didn't have enought money for the PS3 or 360. I still prefer my Playstation 2 over my Wii cause the shooting games on it are lots more fun...I also occasionly play my PS1 to bring back memorys.

score89
score89

The thing that surprises me is not that the PS2 crushed the dreamcast, it is that 10 years later the PS2 is still alive

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

ps2 decimated dreamcast, i bet SEGA are real pissed that the system is still selling.

ssjdagas
ssjdagas

I would hate the PS2 for what it did if it wasn't for the fact that the PS2 went on to become a great system as well with more great games than any other system.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

The beginning of the end :( R.I.P Dreamcast. We hardly knew ye.