8 Reasons Why Xbox 360 Was Basically The Dreamcast 2

6. Home Menus & Operating Systems

The SEGA Dreamcast ran on a modified version of Windows CE and although it was developed to be the primary operating system for the console itself, SEGA instead chose to use its own operating system preloaded onto the discs, rather than having a "home" menu launch a disc instead. Undoubtedly, this first collaboration emboldened Microsoft's vision to have its own OS running inside the machine beyond dabbling with Dreamcast. For the Xbox and 360, the Windows branding was kept separate, despite the rumours each system ran on a version of Windows 2000 - distinct enough as to be unrecognisable; there were no Start Menus or command prompts. Yet, even a decade-and-a-half after the Dreamcast launch, the arrival of the Xbox One has meant another step forward in the OS stakes, and we have finally come full circle. The Xbox One is allowing for integration with PCs with features like streaming Xbox One games to PC or installing the OS on the console. The earlier partnership between SEGA and Microsoft is being hailed as a source of continued success... for Microsoft at least. Seeing the Xbox 360 dashboard upgrade through new versions that brought it closer to resembling Windows 8, and it seems the root of this idea took hold way back in 1998. Remember the blades?

Bryan Langley’s first console was the Super Nintendo and he hasn’t stopped using his opposable thumbs since. He is based in Bristol, UK and is still searchin' for them glory days he never had.