Since the Dreamcast's early demise in 2001, Sega has given up on the hardware world, preferring instead to focus on making games for other platforms. However, the folks at VideoGamer claim the company may be preparing a comeback to the console market.
Sega itself hasn't announced anything of the sort. However, in mid-August, the firm sent an application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Applications and Registrations Retrieval. The application pertains to the "Dreamcast" trademark and applied to the following list of goods:
home video game machines; player-operated electronic controllers for electronic video game machines; video game interactive controller, namely, hand held pads, and floor pads or mats; joysticks for video games; computer cursor control devices, namely, computer mouse; flash memory cards; video game software, computer game programs
Considering the original Dreamcast lacked floor pads and flash memory cards, VideoGamer says the application suggests Sega is paving the way for a return to the hardware market—perhaps with a new "Dreamcast 2" console.
Sega currently denies any such plan, though. GameDaily received a statement from the company that explains, "We're very happy being a platform agnostic company and have moved up the ranks the past three years from #11, to #9, and now stand at #6 in terms of our market share by units among third-party publishers. We like our current strategy and have no plans to change in the middle of this outstanding growth." The statement adds that Sega "has no plans to get back into the console business." (Thanks to Shacknews for the tip.)