Sega Slashes Dreamcast Price to $5021 Nov, 2001 By: John Gaudiosi
With warehouses still full of its discontinued Dreamcast video game console, Sega confirmed it has slashed the price of its hardware for the third time this year to $49.95.
Sega previously reduced the price from $99.95 to $79.95 in August, but has not sold enough hardware units since then to deplete its stock before the end of its fiscal year in March.
Sega announced that NHL 2K2, which ships in February, will be its last first-party Dreamcast game, as the company is now platform agnostic.
Despite the fact that it’s a dead system, Dreamcast has over 200 games, many of which are innovative. While recent releases like NFL 2K2, Tennis 2K2 and NBA 2K2 are selling for $39.99, many retailers have slashed the price of older games to $19.99 (Shenmue, Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead 2, Daytona Racer, Grandia II, Conflict Zone, Crazy Taxi 2, 18 Wheeler American Pro Trucker) and $9.99 (Jet Grind Radio, Space Channel 5, Dynamite Cop, Time Stalkers, Get Bass) in an effort to clear shelf space for PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox software. With this new price point and a large selection of under-$20 games, Sega should clear out its remaining inventory by early next year.
With cutting-edge graphics and online gameplay (which Sega is now charging a subscription of $9.95 per month to play), Dreamcast provides an affordable video game alternative to both the new (PS2 and Xbox -- $299, Gamecube -- $199) and the old (PlayStation and Nintendo 64 -- $99) video game systems available today.
Sega is now focusing all of its development resources on multi-platform video games for PS2, Xbox, GameCube and Game Boy Advance.