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I prefer...

Dreamcast 45 51.14%
Original Xbox 43 48.86%

I loved playing both consoles so hard pick..

Dreamcast had Jet Set Radio, Crazy Taxi, DOA 2, Powerstone, Shenmue, Quake 3, Sonic Adventure, RE: Code Veronica, Phantasy Star Online and Skies of Arcadia

Xbox. Had so much fun with Halo and DOA 3 multiplayer fun with friends. Also JSRF, Fable, The Chronicles of Riddick, Splinter Cell.

If I had to choose one though.. I'm slightly edging towards Dreamcast. Pure quality arcade games and excellent adventure games it was a shame it fell on its knees. What an awesome console with so many quality titles for its (albeit short) lifetime.

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Objectively Xbox is better DC was ahead of its time but compared to the other platforms it would come up against it gets beaten out, in Xbox's case MS' first console is like DC2 I prefer DC but Xbox objectively is the better platform. Better online to the point it makes it mainstream for the console side of the industry, bigger library of games and like them or not Halo received the baton from Goldeneye in pushing FPS on consoles with its sequel showing console online shooters are heavily viable in the same way Goldeneye showed the genre in general was viable on consoles.

LudicrousSpeed said:
Dreamcast was better, OG Xbox was more important.

The onslaught of amazing titles that the DC saw in such a short span is something that will never be repeated.

Pretty much. Xbox paved way for more modern console design, starting with the controller and online integration.

I still miss old SEGA though (coming from a big Sega fan back in the day) and was sad to see them fall. Dreamcast was beasting with games.

Pemalite said:
Cerebralbore101 said:
Never owned a Dreamcast, but Dreamcast. It was the first online console, and the first console with an MMORPG. Lots of unique gems on that system that eventually got ported to other systems. I played a few, so that's how I know how good the system was.

Apple Pippin beats the Dreamcast with online connectivity.

The Atari 2600 also had the "GameLine" cart adapter which allowed the Atari 2600 access to the internet,

Intellivision also had the PlayCable from back in 1980 which brought online access to that console.

You also had the Famicom also had a dial-up modem attachment as well and used the Family Computer Network System by Nintendo... Again. Predates the Dreamcast.

Sega Channel also existed for the Genesis... And so much more.

There was also a 3rd party service called XBAND which allowed the SNES/Genesis to do online multiplayer gaming.

Sega wasn't the first console to have online internet access, but it was one of the first semi-decent (For dial-up!) implementations until Microsoft perfected it with the Original Xbox (Broadband LAN only) and set-up the model that all other console manufacturers emulate to various degrees.

I knew about Sega Channel, but not the others. I forgot that online can also mean internet access, or downloading games, in addition to multiplayer. I still think Dreamcast's online is noteworthy. All you had to do was buy an online compatible game, and a Dreamcast, in order to do online multiplayer with others. All those other things you mentioned had accessories to buy, or sold under 1 million lifetime sales. 

Same thing with how the Wii's motion controls were noteworthy, even though multiple devices (powerglove, genesis activator) had attempted it before. 

Dreamcast wins this one. The only games I was interested in on Xbox were Ninja Gaiden and Ninja Gaiden Black. Dreamcast had a more interesting library. The PS2 and Gamecube were miles ahead of either system in terms of games though.

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Halo CE is probably my favorite game of the past 20 years. I enjoyed playing it on LAN with my friends back in the day. Halo 2 was great as well, and it was not only the first game I went to a midnight launch for (I actually got sick because it was cold out that night and, in my haste to leave and get to GameStop, I left my jacket at work), but it was also my first experience with online gaming (also, the Xbox had broadband support out of the box, something no other system that gen did). It had some other games I enjoyed as well, including Dead or Alive 3, Burnout 3, and several notable cross-gen games. The Xbox also had two analog sticks, which were offset, and offset sticks made the controller feel great in my hands (I didn't mind the "Duke" controller, though the "S" controller was better overall). I spent more time on the Xbox than any other system that generation (the GameCube was second).

The Dreamcast did have a few gems of its own, including the greatest fighting game ever made (Soul Calibur), but Xbox wins out for me.


In accordance to the VGC forum rules, §8.5, I hereby exercise my right to demand to be left alone regarding the subject of the effects of the pandemic on video game sales (i.e., "COVID bump").

This thread made me do a bunch of research on Dreamcast, and OG Xbox games. I'm sorry, but I stand corrected. OG Xbox is just better. Hell, it's even better than GC, and as a Nintendo fan that's hard for me to admit. This guy's video sums up just how good the OG Xbox library was back in the day. He has some real stinkers in there, but his thoroughness is much appreciated. I didn't know From Software did two hack n' Slash games on the OG Xbox! And they both had pretty good reviews to boot!

Halo 2
Otogi 2
Munch's Odyssey
Stranger's Wrath
Mech Assault
Mech Assault 2
Jade Empire
Half Life 2
Steel Battalion
Panzer Dragoon Orta
Shenmue 2
Ninja Gaiden
Conker Live and Reloaded
Crimson Skies
Thief Deadly Shadows

Add in multiple racing titles, as well as the ability to play lots of multiplats online, when GC and PS2 couldn't. OG Xbox also had the best controller of its generation. 

Fairly close race so far.

Though it hurts my heart to vote against the Dreamcast, I really have to go with Xbox on this; Halo 1/2, Star Wars Battlefront, and Panzer Dragoon Orta were among my favourite games of the 6th gen, and give Xbox the winning edge.

Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

Pemalite said:

From a graphics/horsepower perspective, the Original Xbox was the most powerful console of it's generation and was giving the console gaming world a small taste of programmable pixel shading that would become defacto during the 7th gen.

Often I hear that the OG Xbox is the "Spiritual Successor" to Dreamcast, but find that to be pretty far removed, they are IP's that are owned by completely different companies even to this day.

From a hardware perspective...
Xbox used: Intel x86 processor, nVidia Geforce 3 Hybrid GPU, Mechanical HDD, 64MB of RAM.
Dreamcast used: Hitachi MIPS CPU, PowerVR, 26MB of various memory pools of RAM.

Completely different.

The OS side gets a little more interesting, Dreamcast used Windows CE Kernel, but most games actually didn't use it, they relied on Sega's software stacks instead due to performance/feature reasons, however Windows CE is based on a fork of the NT Kernel... But the underlying OS principles are very different to the Xbox Operating Systems. - Windows CE is a very modular/compartmentalized operating system.

On the OG Xbox Microsoft customized the NT5 (Aka. Windows 2000) kernel for the OG Xbox, they essentially took the NT5 kernel and stripped it as far back as possible to make it as lean and efficient as possible, it doesn't even have a registry for example.

It would be no different than saying the Playstation 4 is the spiritual successor to an Apple Mac or an Android Phone because despite the hardware sets being chalk and cheese, they are all derived from a fork of *Nix.

In regards to games, that is entirely down to personal taste, I haven't played many of Sega's games so I can't give critique there, but I did enjoy Fable and Halo o the OG Xbox back in the day.

well actually a lot of games used CE kernell a lot in fact, and it run extremely worse 

watch the video until the end , and you are correct  Xbox is separate entity but not fully correct either, because many Dreamcast fans consider Xbox as the spiritual successor to Dreamcast and Sega wanted Xbox as their partner . Another prove is a lot Sega fans immigrate to Xbox and most of Sega fans are Xbox and Microsoft fans. Hell even the controler took idea from Sega Dreamcast, memory card VMU, etc etc. Xbox Arcade Live inspired by Sega Arcade, etc etc. And don't forget Peter More from Sega that help Xbox 360 to be recognized as a direct competitor to PS3. 

Original Xbox >>>>>> Dreamcast

MS redefined gaming with the original Xbox. Games like Halo, TES Morrowind, Kotor and Fable would never have come to consoles without Xbox. The games I mentioned were far better than pretty much anything the Dreamcast offered (except Shenmue). I have always seen Dreamcast as an overrated platform. It's mostly remembered by the sad death it had and by representing the end of an era in gaming.