As the last console produced by Sega, the Dreamcast is fondly remembered by gamer's everywhere. Released in 9.9.99 in the USA, the Dreamcast initially sold well and had a killer library for its time. Unfortunately, the absence of a DVD drive and rampant piracy (at least according to rumors) meant the early demise of this system. The PS2 had arguably better graphics and a built in DVD drive which at the time meant that the system performed double duty for many gamers since stand alone DVD players were still expensive at the time. Sadly, in 2001 Sega threw in the towel and discontinued the Dreamcast. A few games were released afterwards (technically until 2007) but the system was effectively dead.
Many of Dreamcast's classics have been ported over to other consoles as straight ports and/or sequels. For example, the title shot of this article, Namco's Soul Calibur has been recently released on Android, as well as being available on iOS, and Xbox 360 arcade. The system came stock with a built in 56k modem (Ethernet adapter sold separately) for online gaming and supported visual memory cards (VMU's), as well as connecting to a monitor/HDTV though a VGA box for crisp graphics that scale well to this day still look pretty good depending on the game.
|Grandia 2 runs great.|
|Zombies Revenge is glitchy but runs at full speed.|
|Code Veronica looks great.|
|To this day, this is still Astaroth's most awesome costume.|
|Ikaruga still looks great.|
|Sword of Berserk has not aged well.|
On XDA, some folks have found workarounds to make physical controllers work with Reicast. Your mileage may vary but it's worth a shot if you have a PS2 controller or an Nvidia shield, so try your luck.
As per the developer page, the emulator will soon be made compatible with other systems:
Right now: android/armv7a, linux/armv7a
Soonish: android/x86, linux/x86, windows/x86
Later on: linux/mips, android/mips, wii/ppc, ps3/ppc, xbox/ppc
If I may take an educated guess by looking at this list, this emulator may end up as a "core" for Retroarch; a great multi-system emulator.
So keep an eye on the developers page to keep up with progress. In the meanwhile, install and enjoy!!
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