Sega Dreamcast / WebTV Japan

WebTV for Dreamcast known as Microsoft WebTV Connection Kit 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.

As the software requires a Japanese WebTV account, which are no longer available, the service can no longer be used on a Dreamcast. Or can it? In 2019 steps were taken to bring the service back to life in a limited fasion. As of this writing there is a public and private server available for connection. The public method is a simple WebTV emulator but it works well enough and can also be added upon by anyone willing. As for the private server, it's a full working server and at this time is closed to the public.


Other Sega DreamCast Areas Of Interest:

DreamCast WebTV Roms | Extracted Rom | JP Connect Setup Translated | JP Stuff | More info on the Microsoft WebTV Connection Kit


Sega Dreamcast WebTV Japan Images

Connect Setup - Not Functional

Goto Panel

Options Panel

Dictionary

Tech Info - 411

Info Panel

Send Page Panel

WTF



Just messing around with the stock DreamCast image before modding it.
Jamming out to classic WebTV music lol

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