Sega Dreamcast Emulators

Dreamcast emulators have basically appeared out of nowhere. Usually as emulator projects start out, they are generally not very good at first, have little or no compatibility with commercial games, and run very slow. Such is not the case with Dreamcast emulators. On today’s PCs, the main dreamcast emulator projects such as Chankast and nullDC run at nearly if not full speed, and have a very high compatibility rate. Japan got the Dreamcast in 1998, the rest of the world got the Dreamcast in 1999. At the time of its release (at least here in America), the Dreamcast was considered to be ahead of its time and was initially successful. The Dreamcast came before the Sony PS2, Microsoft Xbox, and Nintendo Gamecube. While initially the Dreamcast was a success. it failed to gather enough momentum before the release of the PlayStation 2 in the year 2000 around the world, which eventually led Sega to decided to discontinue Dreamcast and withdrawing entirely from the console hardware business. Emulation of the Dreamcast hasn’t exactly been overly active as of late, but emulators for this system ARE able to run commercial games, with sound on today’s PCs. the following tech specs:

  • CPU: Hitachi SH-4, 200MHz clock rate, 360 MIPS (millions of instructions per second), 1.4 GigaFLOPS (floating-point operations per second), 128-bit 3D calculations, 64-bit data bus, 800+ MBytes/second bus bandwidth
  • Graphics Core: NEC PowerVRSG, 3 million polygons/second peak rendering rate, Perspective-Correct Texture Mapping, Point, Bilinear, Trilinear and Anisotropic Mip-map filtering, Gouraud shading 32-bit z-buffer, Colored light sourcing, Full scene anti-aliasing
    Hardware-based Fog, Bump mapping, 24-bit color, Hardware-based texture compression, Shadow and Light volumes, Super sampling
  • Memory: Memory: 16 MB main RAM, 8 MB video RAM, 2 MB sound RAM
  • Resolution: 640×448.
  • Colors: 16.7 million
  • Sound: Yamaha Audio Core, 32-bit RISC CPU, DSP for real-time effects, 64 sound channels, ,Full 3D sound support, Hardware-based audio compression
  • Dreamcast Control Pad: Digital and analog directional controls, Dual analog triggers, Virtual Memory System data save unit
  • Expansion Options: Modem: 33.6kb per second transfer rate (56kb in U.S.) Upgradable
  • Operating System: Operating System: Customized Microsoft Windows CE and Sega operating system
  • Media: GD-ROM (GigaByte Disk-ROM) Drive – Maximum speed 12X 1.2 GigaByte capacity
  • Console Dimensions: 7 7/16″ X 7 11/16″ X 3″ , 190 mm (W) x 195 mm (H) x 78 mm (D)
  • Weight: 4.4 pounds, 2.0 kg
  • Release Date: November 20, 1998 (Japan), September 1999 (USA)




Sega Dreamcast Emulators

Chankast V0.25
Latest official release of this Dreamcast emulator.
nullDC 1.0.3
Sega Dreamcast emulator able to play commercial games.
nullDC 1.0.3 Naomi
Special build of nullDC to specifically run Naomi hardware games.
Chankast Ex
Chankast Ex is a hack of the dreamcast emulator that runs more games.
DEmul
Sega Dreamcast emulator able to play commercial games.
DEmul 64bit
Sega Dreamcast emulator able to play commercial games. 64bit version
nullDC full setup
Sega Dreamcast plugin based emulator able to play commercial games.
nullDC full plain
Sega Dreamcast plugin based emulator able to play commercial games.
Makaron Test 11/1
Sega Dreamcast emulator able to play commercial games.