Sega delays European release of Dreamcast

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TOKYO--Japanese videogame marketer Sega Enterprises will delay the release of its 128-bit game Dreamcast in Europe by about three weeks to, Oct. 14, because of a delay in Internet tests for the product.

Dreamcast was scheduled to be released in Europe on Sept. 23 but tests by British Telecommunications on a network to play games over the Internet have taken longer than expected, a Sega spokesman says.

Sega has a 56K modem built into the machine that allows for network play and for Internet connections.

Dreamcast is the most advanced videogame on the market and financially troubled Sega is banking on successful sales in Europe and the U.S.

Sega of America says it has received more then 300,000 orders for Dreamcast units in the U.S., topping the record of 100,000 units set by Sony's PlayStation. The U.S. marketing campaign is estimated to cost about $100 million.

Sega estimates it has sold about 1.3 million units in Japan since the machine's release at the end of 1998.

Copyright August 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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