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SegaNet is Sega's online system for their consoles. The term refers to both the services offered, such as online play, and a digital store.
Since the inception of the Pluto, SegaNet has used an account-based system rather than a system-based one.
SegaNet launched alongside the Dreamcast in September 2000. At the time, the only service offered was the ability to play games online. Using SegaNet required users to pay monthly or annual fees, a custom that has continued ever since launch.
Notable games that took advantage of SegaNet included Sega Superstars Smackdown, the Madden series, Phantasy Star Online, and various fighting games.
With the launch of the Pluto in 2006, SegaNet was recreated to meet the demands of modern audiences. In addition to using broadband rather than dial-up to connect to the internet, SegaNet offered the ability to download games and applications from an online store, register friends for future play sessions, voice chat, internet browsing, and various other features. This list of features continued to grow throughout the Pluto's life, eventually including things such as video streaming, cloud storage, and avatars.
The SegaNet store launched alongside all these upgrades, and has since come to offer hundreds of games. Unlike Nintendo's eShop, SegaNet has no special section of their store devoted to retro games. Instead, older titles are priced similarly to and mixed with newer titles.
The Eclipse launched with a version of SegaNet very similar to the Pluto's.
List of Notable SegaNet Games
- Braid (2008)
- Castle Crashers (2008)
- Peggle (2009)
- Plants vs. Zombies (2010)
- Portal (2008)
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4 (2010)