As previously reported by FGN Online, Sega has now confirmed Dreamcast price drop number one.
Sega of America has lowered the price to $79.95, down from $99.95. The company will continue to support Dreamcast with more than 20 titles this year, including the first online baseball sim, Sega Sports World Series Baseball 2K2, the first online console games to use in-game voice chat, Alien Front Online and Propeller Arena; as well as sequels to top-selling brands such as NFL 2K2, NBA 2K2 and Shenmue II.
In addition, Sega will also drop the prices of the controller to $14.95, the VMU to $9.95 and the Sonic Hardware Bundle to $99.95, which includes a Dreamcast, Sonic Adventure, Sonic Shuffle and a Sonic blue VMU.
Word on the street is that Sega will lower the price for the last time later this year to around $49.95 – providing there are any left by then that is.
“We’re on track with our previously announced plans to sell through all the remaining Dreamcast units with our primary focus moving towards multi-platform game development,” said Chris Gilbert, executive vice president sales, marketing and operations, Sega of America. “Sega’s strength is game content and the lower price point makes it even easier for consumers to enjoy the Sega experience with over 200 games already available for the system. In addition, Dreamcast is a great choice for consumers because it offers out-of-the-box online gameplay capabilities, something that no other console is offering right now.”