Is Dreamcast 2 in the Works? I Doubt It.

Dreamcast 2 Coming Soon?

Kotaku has posted an article speculating that Sega may be working on the Dreamcast 2. Inconceivable! This would be a dream come true for the legions of Sega fans out there, but how valid are the speculations?

The article sites information about a patent Sega filed in August 2007. The patent was filed to protect their trademark “Dreamcast” title. Now, apparently, the patent has been updated. The patent is now good until December 2009 and has added a few new terms:

home video game machines; player-operated electronic controllers for electronic video game machines; video game interactive controller, namely, hand held pads, and floor pads or mats; joysticks for video games; computer cursor control devices, namely, computer mouse; flash memory cards; video game software, computer game programs

The author then goes on to state that “floor pads or mats” and “flash memory cards” were never part of the original Dreamcast system. Therefore, it’s fair to speculate that Sega might be working on a new system with these additional features included. Why patent something that was never included with the original Dreamcast, right?

Honestly, I don’t think it would ever happen. I don’t think Sega could compete financial in the current video game market. Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony all have massive budgets to play with and though Sega might be doing well financial, I don’t think they come close to “the big three”.

Sega would seemingly have only two options: create a cheaper system without cutting edge graphics, or a more expensive system with the latest graphical capabilities. If those are truly the only two options Sega would have with the Dreamcast 2, then I think the system would get no where, fast. The Wii already has the market cornered when it comes to a cheaper price point, while the PS3 and Xbox 360 have the cutting edge graphics thing down pretty well. All the systems have been around for over a year now, with install bases growing daily. How could Sega compete there, it would be insane to think they could come from behind at this point.

Another thing to think about is how many people would actually buy another system at this point? Most have already jumped into the next generation, what motivation could there be to buy yet another system? The only thing the Dreamcast 2 could do is get as many exclusive titles as possible, but what publisher would release an ‘A’ title exclusively on a new system, when all the others have huge install bases already?

I have nothing against Sega or the idea of the Dreamcast 2, I think it would be a good thing, competition is always good. I just don’t see it happening at this time. Who knows what could happen next generation.

6 thoughts on “Is Dreamcast 2 in the Works? I Doubt It.”

  1. its interesting if you think about it. Back in the day Sega was just another console maker. It seemed normal. The did what everyone else was doing (for the most part), they just didn’t do it as well. But looking at the situation now, why would we need another company to make another console. Essentially we have two consoles that are the same, video game wise, and one that is slightly different, or maybe way different. If an individual already has a PS3 or and XBOX 360 why would they need another system that would probably be exactly the same. Sony and Xbox at this point have exclusive titles to offer, what would Sega have? Another Sonic game, I am not willing to drop tons of money on a Sonic game. Its kinda funny how consoles do work. Seeing as how PS3 and the 360 are very similar game wise, maybe with a slight difference in graphics, it is interesting to see how people will have both of the systems and when asked why its usually because a certain game is exclusive to the system. So I guess in reality its not about the system at all as much is it is about the games on the system. I just had a pointless rant in my head, and now everyone else gets to hear about it.

  2. its interesting if you think about it. Back in the day Sega was just another console maker. It seemed normal. The did what everyone else was doing (for the most part), they just didn’t do it as well. But looking at the situation now, why would we need another company to make another console. Essentially we have two consoles that are the same, video game wise, and one that is slightly different, or maybe way different. If an individual already has a PS3 or and XBOX 360 why would they need another system that would probably be exactly the same. Sony and Xbox at this point have exclusive titles to offer, what would Sega have? Another Sonic game, I am not willing to drop tons of money on a Sonic game. Its kinda funny how consoles do work. Seeing as how PS3 and the 360 are very similar game wise, maybe with a slight difference in graphics, it is interesting to see how people will have both of the systems and when asked why its usually because a certain game is exclusive to the system. So I guess in reality its not about the system at all as much is it is about the games on the system. I just had a pointless rant in my head, and now everyone else gets to hear about it.

  3. I used the love the old Sonic games, but 3D Sonic killed it for me. Phantasy Star Online was awesome, though, but it’s on every system now so I don’t know what they would do.

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