Today in 1999, Sega's short-lived-but-much-beloved video game console, the Dreamcast, was released in North America. It was released as the first in the 6th generation of gaming consoles. Unfortunately, sporadic support by Sega and hype for Sony's PlayStation 2 and Microsoft's X-Box led to the Dreamcast's early demise. Many agree this is due to the multitude of "ahead of its time" features, such as online play, downloadable content, and in-game voice chat (all of which are standard today). The Sega Dreamcast will forever be remembered as a gaming innovation, despite a lack of popular success.