Version: 1.5.0

redream Dreamcast Emulator

A way to play Dreamcast games in 4K!

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The Dreamcast, a failed console that was ahead of its time that has such reverence for its exclusive library, that people convinced themselves Shenmue was a good game for nearly two decades.

Classics like Chu Chu Rocket, Soul Calibur, and Skies of Arcadia were thick and fast in the mere two years the console stayed on the market, which was ultimately brought down by SEGA’s lack of foresight on piracy and their financial troubles following a disastrous time with the Sega Saturn. Discontinued in 2001, the console remained legendary in the eyes of those who had one and now, with redream, you can either re-experience or start fresh with about 96% of the Dreamcast library in anything up to 4K.

redream’s team did make the application closed source and there is a paid version to allow you access save states, but the free version is available across the board – even working on the Raspberry Pi 4 pretty well. It’s not seen an actual update in 2 years, but the unstable builds are available and seem to be updated on a fairly frequent basis (the last being four months ago at the time of writing).

I highly recommend you seek out some of the quirkier titles on Dreamcast, however, if you want to play something like Seaman, you will want to investigate DMUL, an emulator that has microphone support.

The Dreamcast emulation scene is currently split between three different versions, Reicast, DEMUL and redream, all having their own strengths and support, however only redream doesn’t require you to seek out BIOS files to load things up.

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