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I prefer...

Dreamcast 45 51.14%
 
Original Xbox 43 48.86%
 
Total:88

The OG Xbox is the best Xbox console and had much better games so it wins easily.



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Xbox wins this one easily and honestly DC is mostly nostalgia dust by now. Yes, it had some amazing games in a short time span, but the Xbox had a bigger impact on the industry and managed to gather a far better gaming library. While most every major Xbox exclusive is still highly playable today, I would only go back to games like Power Stone and Crazy Taxi (Maybe a bit of JSR) on the DC. I'm sorry, I know that the DC was a great machine and the last great "hurrah" from Sega but the Xbox managed to outlive and outclass it on every front.



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And for people who say that the Xbox was a spiritual successor for the DC, while I get that point, I always felt that the Xbox was trying something on his own, and it was more like a hybrid PC and Console approach. It had some great Sega exclusives but also some awesome PC exclusives, especially in the later years.



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Dreamcast easily for me. Hate to state the obvious but it was way ahead of its time producing graphics that competed with consoles that came out 2/3 years after it. Also had more innovative games for me that still play great today. Also who doesn't love the little VMUs, they were unnecessary with most games tbh but the few times they worked they added a little something that we haven't had with any other console!

Biggest thing that held it back was the controller - I still don't know why it didn't have 2 analog sticks as that was the new norm. Xbox also launched with a shit controller but they did at least upgrade it with a much better 2nd revision.



Since I like Sega games but not really MS ones I will go with Dreamcast even if almost didn`t play it.



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curl-6 said:

I was more referring to just the general vibe. Arcade ports were a big part of Dreamcast while Xbox was characterized by PC ports like Doom 3 and Morrowind. There's a big difference in feeling between PC and arcade gaming.

Dreamcast itself was starting to get PC ports with the most notable being Quake 3 which even had cross platform support with PC and a vastly improved version of Half Life which was completed but the release canned when Sega halted DC production.



Lol, they sold guide books in stores for the Dreamcast version of Half-Life. So it wasn't just complete it was gold. Even Stadium Events got to shelves for a single day. Hell the DC version had exclusive levels.



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Wyrdness said:
curl-6 said:

I was more referring to just the general vibe. Arcade ports were a big part of Dreamcast while Xbox was characterized by PC ports like Doom 3 and Morrowind. There's a big difference in feeling between PC and arcade gaming.

Dreamcast itself was starting to get PC ports with the most notable being Quake 3 which even had cross platform support with PC and a vastly improved version of Half Life which was completed but the release canned when Sega halted DC production.

"Vastly improved"? Minor differences, some for better, some for worse:



Conina said:

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The PC screens you used are from the after the HD patch is applied which was released with Blue Shift in 2001 3 years after the first release the original PC release was this.

The fact the unfinished DC version holds up to the patch released with the expansion 3 years later actually backs what I said, the patch was released to bring the improvements to the PC version.



Ka-pi96 said:
Xbox. It was the console I finished the gen on. After getting pissed off at the low reliability of PS2s (seriously, I think I went through like 7 of them. Those things broke far too easily!) I went solely Xbox at the end of the gen. Really enjoyed it too, despite not owning a single Halo game for it.

I got only one PS2, and it never failed on me. How do you handle your consoles?

@OP: I got an X-Box when Shenmue 2 came out, and I got to try Halo that came with, and I got into Fable. But it eventually started to amass dust. 
The Dreamcast on the other hand, I played the heck out of it. I was still into arcade games quite a bit back then, and arcade game ports on that console were near flawless, when they weren't improved. Then there was Sega's unmatched content output, all great and unique titles. And to top it all off, Shenmue, a game far ahead of its time, regardless if you enjoyed it or not.

Really, the Dreamcast remained the console I spent the most money on prior to the advent of digital editions. Which, considering the very short life of the console, is saying a lot.

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