Sega confirmed on Friday that its much hyped Dreamcast console has been delayed for three weeks and will not now hit the shops until 14 October.
Dreamcast, which is being launched at a star studded bash on 5 September, was originally slated to ship in Europe on 23 September. The US release, however, is still scheduled to appear on 9 September.
Sega declined to comment on specific reasons for the delay, but it is thought to be due to problems with Dreamcast's Internet access capabilities, which industry watchers believe will be a critical part of its consumer appeal.
JF Cecillon, Sega Europe's chief executive, said: "Dreamcast involves the most advanced technology ever incorporated into a games console. Our Internet access is an industry first and BT has been key in its creation across Europe."
Users of the 128 bit console will be able to access email and chat facilities, and play games both on the console and online.
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