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WebTV for Dreamcast

From Sega Retro

WebTV for Dreamcast, as seen in Fall 1998.

WebTV for Dreamcast is a Japanese-only disc that allowed users of Microsoft's WebTV service to access the Internet from their Sega Dreamcast. The service, which debuted in Spring 1999, used the Windows CE capabilities of the Dreamcast to run a version of Internet Explorer 2.0. At the time of its release, the WebTV browser was an improvement over Sega's bundled Dream Passport software. By the release of Dream Passport 3, however, the Sega browser became more capable than WebTV. A later version of the WebTV disc included 128-bit SSL capabilities which were not present on the launch disc.

In total, there are four known WebTV for Dreamcast variants, each with their own user agent:

  • WebTV/1.0 (Compatible; MSIE 2.0)
  • WebTV/1.2 (compatible; MSIE 2.0)
  • WebTV/2.2.3 (Compatible; MSIE 2.0)
  • WebTV/2.2.4.1 (Compatible; MSIE 2.0)

As the software requires a Japanese WebTV account, which are no longer available, the service can no longer be used on a Dreamcast.

Physical scans

Dreamcast, JP (non-SSL)
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Cover
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Disc
Dreamcast, JP (SSL)
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Cover

References


Sega Dreamcast
Topics Hardware Comparison | History (Development | Release | Decline and Legacy) | List of Games
Hardware Dreamcast consoles in Japan (Special) | Overseas
Add-ons Dreamcast Karaoke | Dreameye
Controllers Controller | Arcade Stick | Fishing Controller | Gun (Dream Blaster) | Race Controller | Maracas Controller | Twin Stick | Keyboard | Mouse | Third-party
Controller Add-ons Jump Pack (Third Party) | Microphone | VMU (4x Memory Card | Third Party)
Controller Connectors DC Tsunaident 123 | Dream Connection 2 in 1 | Dream Connection 4 in 1 | Dream Connection II | Super Converter 3 | Total Control | Total Control 2 | Total Control Plus | Total Control 3 | Total Control 5
Development Hardware Dev.Box | Controller Box | Controller Function Checker | Sound Box | GD-Writer | C1/C2 Checker | Dev.Cas | GD-ROM Duplicator
Online Services/Add-ons Dreamarena | SegaNet | WebTV for Dreamcast | Modem | Modular Cable | Modular Extension Cable | Broadband Adapter | Dreamphone
Connector Cables Onsei Setsuzoku Cable | RF Adapter | Scart Cable | S Tanshi Cable | Stereo AV Cable | VGA Box

Dreamcast MIDI Interface Cable | Neo Geo Pocket/Dreamcast Setsuzoku Cable | Taisen Cable

Misc. Hardware Action Replay CDX | Code Breaker | Kiosk | MP3 DC | MP3 DC Audio Player | Treamcast | Third-party
Unreleased Accessories DVD Player | Zip Drive | Swatch Access for Dreamcast | VMU MP3 Player
Arcade Variants NAOMI | Atomiswave | Sega Aurora