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.