Since its premature exit from the video game market in 2001, the Sega Dreamcast has attracted a large cult following. Ask any one of its fans what logo is printed on the Dreamcast's front right side, and they'll tell you immediately: Windows CE. But few know what it means.
Microsoft created a suite of development tools based on the embedded Windows CE OS for the Dreamcast. Few games took advantage of them, however. And contrary to popular belief, the Dreamcast does not run Windows CE as its primary OS. Instead, it is loaded as needed from a game disc that uses it.
It's rumored that Microsoft's involvement with the Dreamcast inspired the OS giant to enter the console arena with the Xbox in 2001.
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