A number of Dreamcast owners found it difficult to get online at the weekend due to high demand, Sega confirmed today.
The Dreamcast console provides gamers with free pan-European internet access through their television sets. Within the first hours of the console's launch, Sega and its partner BT registered 25,000 new users.
"Some people had difficulty getting through to register," confirmed JF Cecillon, chief executive officer at Sega. "But Internet on the TV is a first, and together with BT we have put the right measures in hand for everyone to be accommodated."
In order to support the demand, BT and its European partners have dramatically increased both network and port capacities, Sega said.
Dreamcast is the first games console to offer internet access as well as email and chat. Sega plans to develop the Dreamcast network to provide full multiplayer functionality so that gamers can play simultaneously around the globe.
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