The Dreamcast is truly an amazing machine that was ahead of its time. One amazing capability that Sega’s little white box was able to pull off surprisingly well was emulate original Playstation games.
Now don’t get your hopes up too much — while some games run quite well, the number of Playstation games that are enjoyable are relatively small.
According to Wikipedia, “Originally, Bleem! was planning to have the disc able to run any Playstation game on the Dreamcast, but due to technical difficulties, they made the idea of the “Bleempak”, in which the software would boot only 100 specific games each.” However, due to some technical difficulties, Bleem only release three official retail Bleempak released (Metal Gear Solid, Tekken 3, and Gran Turismo 2).
As Wikipedia also states, “the games ran in a 640×480 resolution, as opposed to the PS1’s and even PlayStation 2’s run on PS1 games’ 320×240 resolution, and featured anti-aliasing and bilinear filtering. This drastically improved the games’ graphics, but also brought out some graphical imperfections that were originally hidden in the lower resolution.” This is especially enjoyable when combined with a Dreamcast VGA Cable.
Since the retail death of the Dreamcast, enthusiasts have obtained leaked betas of the Bleemcast emulator that runs a number of other games. You can find a fairly comprehensive compatibility list here in order to get a feel for what will work on the Dreamcast.
There have also been a number of Dreamcast scene releases that combined the Bleemcast emulator with the Playstation ISO built into one self-booting Dreamcast disc. The GagaMan(n) from the Dreamcast Junkyard also has played around with some of these and has shared a number of actual gameplay video clips to show you how well they play.
It’s a shame that Bleemcast is fairly dead as far as development goes (unless the defunct company makes it open source) as it would be great in increase compatibility. Anyway, I would love to hear from any readers that have had Bleemcast experience as well and what games you find most enjoyable.