Sega is teaming up with Iomega to provide Web storage for its long awaited Dreamcast games console.
Iomega will produce a 100Mbyte Zip drive that will attach to the Dreamcast console. The drive will enable consumers to update games via the Internet.
The Dreamcast console, which is being launched in the US on 9 September and in Europe soon after, has a 128bit processor, 26Mbyte of Ram, a 56Kbps modem and 64 channels of sound. The $199 console will let consumers send and receive email and surf the Internet.
It will be the first time a next generation gaming console will ship for less than $200 at launch.
Sega is planning to sell the Dreamcast Zip 100Mbyte drives through games distribution channels, including high street stores. Analysts believe it is a major catch for Iomega, which has been trying to push its Zip storage technology by bundling it with peripherals, including scanners and printers.
The Dreamcast console will be 15 times more powerful than its rival, the Sony Playstation and will have four times the graphics processing power of the fastest Pentium II processor.
Retailers have already booked more than 30,000 pre-orders for the machine and Sega said it expected that figure to climb to 200,000 by the launch date.
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