Sega reports 200,000 pre-sell orders for Dreamcast

Sega reports 200,000 pre-sell orders for Dreamcast

Gaming enthusiasts are breaking in their couch cushions in great numbers in anticipation of Sega of America's newest video-game console.

Sega yesterday announced that pre-sell orders for its Sega Dreamcast console have "far surpassed" video-game retail records in North America, reporting more than 200,000 orders six weeks before its September 9 release date.

More than 15,000 stores across the US are expected to sell the console at the time of its launch, and Sega expects to sell more than 400,000 units in the first month, and 1 million by the end of the year.

Sega calls Dreamcast, priced at $US199, a "superconsole". It comes with a 56Kbps modem; 128-bit architecture that, according to Sega, enables evolutionary capabilities; and a Visual Memory Unit (VMU) that offers hand-held gaming, allowing users to swap games in the home, in the arcade or in head-to-head play.

The company expects 16 game titles to be released by the time of the launch, with a total of 30 available before the end of the year.

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