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Philips CDi Console Information

´╗┐In the mid 1980s Philips and Sony partnered up to create a new CD standard containing interactive combinations of sound, images, and computer instructions. This CD standard also required specific types of players. So in 1991 Philips created the Philips CD-i 210 as a multimedia system capable of playing Interactive CD-i software discs, Audio CDs, CD+G (CD+Graphics), VCDs (Video CDs) and Karaoke CDs. You could essentially enjoy different types of media on the same machine.


People were not quite ready for the multimedia experience and clung to their VCRs, home computers, and video game consoles. With dwindling sales and with the videogame market doing well, Philips decided to reintroduce the machine as videogame console. The Phillips CD-i 450 was designed to look more like a console and included a pack in game called Burn Cycle.


The CD-i 450 still had a high price tag and the lack of quality games prevented the CD-i from becoming competitive in the videogame market. The console died a slow death in the late 1990s with the release of far more popular CD based consoles.


FACT: Nintendo had initially planed to release a CD based add-on for its SuperNes console. Philips was one of the companies that they initially collaborated with to design it. Plans for the device were scrapped, but Phillips walked away with contractual rights to produce games with Nintendo licensed characters. Three Zelda games, and a game entitled Hotel Mario, were released for the Philips CD-i.

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