Playstation 2 casts a shadow over Dreamcast

Competition and delays have been the main reason for Sega Dreamcast's disappointing first week, according to a major retailer.

Luke Goldsworthy, David Jones' buyer for audio visual, electronics and telecommunications, said that halfway through its first week the Dreamcast had attracted "quite a few questions but not many takers".

He said the mediocre response to the Net-oriented console's release was due to delivery delays and hype surrounding Dreamcast's competitor, Sony's Playstation 2 (PS2).

"The hype of the PS2 over the last couple of months has overshadowed it [the Dreamcast]," he said, speculating the "true gamer" would favour the PS2.

Additionally, Goldsworthy said customers would be confused by the differing delivery dates of the Dreamcast's consoles and compatible software.

"It's one thing to have your console but it's another thing to have your software," he said. He said the Dreamcast's first weekend (December 4 and 5) would still "make or break" the Dreamcast, and a whole week of sales would provide a better prediction of the product's success.

According to John Slack-Smith, Harvey Norman's gen-eral manager for computers and technology, the retailer was last week still dealing with "challenges getting Dreamcast stock into stores", and so far, sales had been satisfactory but unspectacular.

According to Dreamcast distributor OziSoft, Australia can potentially achieve a higher sell-through than Europe, and retailers have greeted the new-generation consoles with great enthusiasm.

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