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Sega sold 150,000 Dreamcast machines at the WinCE-based, 128-bit next-generation games console's launch in Japan on Friday, the company said yesterday. That figure represents all the machines Sega had lined up to supply stores' customer pre-orders. It's telling that the statistic doesn't include sales beyond those early orders -- Sega has had a problem ramping up volume because of difficulties NEC has had supplying it with the PowerVR 2 graphics chip at the heart of Dreamcast. NEC's problems earlier forced Sega to cut back its sales predictions. It originally hoped to sell one million Dreamcasts by the end of the year, but is now saying only 500,000 will ship. The one million target has been moved back to next March. ® See also Sega issues 'Dreamcast bonds' to fund console launch NEC admits it delayed Sega Dreamcast

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