The Dreamcast was Sega's final effort as a contender in the video game console market. Though it was released to much applause with a strong library of games, it was quickly overshadowed by the success of the PlayStation 2 and was limited by both severe piracy problems (thanks to its proprietary GD-ROM discs being its only form of copy protection, which bit Sega royally in the rear when hackers discovered the console's support for multimedia CDs) and the string of failed hardware preceding its release.
If it's any consolation, the Dreamcast's extreme vulnerability to piracy did end up giving birth to one of the most vibrant homebrew communities to date.
Present at 0x7B0 in the BIOS.
SEGA SEGAKATANA KABUTO Ver.1.01d Copyright(c) SEGA ENTERPRISES LTD., 1998,1999
Present at 0x9EA4 in the BIOS.
syTmr Version: 0.51.syTmr Build:Jun 23 199814:52:57
Present at 0xEB40 in the BIOS.
syRtc Ver 1.00 Build:Sep 28 1998 05:10:44
Present at 0x10010 in the BIOS.
SIMPLE PLAYER VER. 1.00 98/10/02
Present at 0xECA96 in the BIOS.
COPYRIGHT (C) NEC Corporation 1998 All rights reserved by NEC Corporation. This program must be used solely for the purpose for which it was furnished by NEC Corporation. No part of this program may be reproduced or disclosed to others, in any form, without the prior written permission of NEC Corporation Use of copyright notice does not evidence publication of this program Developed by * Semiconductor Solution Engineering Division NEC Corpolation * Home Multimedia Development Division NEC Corpolation * Client Server Software Development Division NEC Software,Ltd
Present at 0x1A0090 in the BIOS.
1998,(C)SEGA ENTERPRISES 1998.09.09:DIGITALMEDIA :Y.Kashima / K.Suyama for Boot ROM ++
Hidden Alternate Menu
Having the game Puyo Puyo Fever saved to your Visual Memory Unit will allow you to access a hidden menu in the Dreamcast BIOS. Pressing Start on the controller will bring up an alternate 3D menu that you can move around.
Present at 0x1A1A0 in the flash ROM is a list of names.
Shoichiro Irimajiri Sadahiko Hirose Hidekazu Yukawa Hideki Satou Nobuhisa Yamada Taku Matsubara Kazuhiro Yasutomi Shoji Nishikawa Takashi Sekimoto Toshihiro Oba Shuji Hori Masaharu Shinohara Kazuhiro Baba Katsunori Gendo Kouji Horikawa Masatoshi Horikawa Osamu Hosokawa Seiichi Kajiwara Junko Kase Toshikazu Kawada Yasuhisa Kawase Yusuke Kiguchi Naohiko Kobayashi Manabu Kubo Teruaki Kuwana Kunihiro Mori Tomoyuki Mori Shigeru Motoyoshi Takeshi Nagashima Yoshifumi Nakamura Chuji Nakayama Madoka Nakayama Tatsuya Namatame Yasuhiro Nishiyama Toshiyuki Ogawa Tadashi Ohya Tetsuya Okawa Tatsuya Sakurai Hideaki Satou Yutaka Suetsugi Eriko Suzuki Masahiko Takeuchi Makoto Takiguchi Ryo Taki Masaki Tanaka Kazuo Tsuda Satoshi Tsuda Koichi Takayasu Naoki Niizuma Atsunori Himoto Tomoe Shinohara Kunihiro Tokumaru Yoshikazu Nagao Satoshi Kira Akitoshi Oikawa Hirokazu Hama Toshimichi Sugai Naoji Ozaki Hiroki Gotou Masaharu Yoshii Masaki Kawahori Yuki Yamanaka Shinichi Uchida Masahiro Seki Takashi Ando Hideki Kudo Nobuhiro Fukuda Jiro Terakawa Yoichi Uchida Hiroki Okabata Kazuyoshi Hara Yuko Nasu Syuuji Okada Yutaka Okunoki Tatuya Kouzaki Tadashi Jokagi Yoshiaki Kashima Kazumi Suyama Yutaka Sugano Tomoko Hasegawa Kazuhiro Matsuta Katsuhiko Sato Manabu Kusunoki Shinichi Oya Takeshi Suzuki Kazunori Shibata Shigeyuki Shimizu Masayuki Imanishi Kenji Ohtsuji Masamichi Miyoshi Tarou Mitani Takaaki Jindou Yoshitake Noguchi
In Europe, the Dreamcast logo was changed from red to blue in order to prevent legal problems with German publisher Tivola, as their logo is a red swirl.