The Sega Dreamcast (code-named Dural and Katana during development) was Sega's fifth and final video game console and the successor to the Sega Saturn.
An attempt to recapture the console market with a next-generation system, it was designed to supersede the PlayStation and Nintendo 64.
Originally released fifteen months before the PlayStation 2 (PS2), and three years before the Nintendo GameCube and the Xbox, the Dreamcast was generally considered to be ahead of its time and was initially successful at restoring Sega's reputation in the gaming industry.
However, it failed to gather enough momentum before the release of the PlayStation 2 in March 2000, and Sega decided to discontinue the Dreamcast the following year, withdrawing entirely from the console hardware business.
The Dreamcast was released on November 27, 1998 in Japan, on September 9, 1999 in North America (the date 9/9/99 featured heavily in US promotion) and on October 14, 1999 in Europe.
The pictures on the right illustrates the SEGA dreamcast developer unit and the portable version.