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In 1991, Phillips, the parent company of Magnavox (manufacturers of the Odyssey system), released the CD-i, (Compact Disc-interactive) console. The 16-bit CD-ROM based system was not promoted as a gaming platform. In advertising, Phillips highlighted the multimedia applications that the CD-i would be able to perform. The initial retail price for the system was $400, software ranged from $49.99 to $59.99.

The Digital Video cartridge could play movies or music videos with the MPEG-1 compression technology that Video CDs utilized. Several CD-i game titles like Mad Dog McCree featured full motion video when played with the Digital Video Cartridge.

Phillips did develop games for the system as well but did not solely focus advertising on them. This became critical decision in the ultimate failure of the Phillips CD-i as a console. Potential buyers who were looking strictly for a gaming system chose other platforms.

By Dave Beuscher
AllGame.com



The 7th Guest
Consoles: CD-i, Mac, PC
Year: 1993

Brain Dead 13
Consoles: 3DO, CD-i, Jaguar, Mac, PC, Saturn
Year: 1995

Burn: Cycle
Consoles: CD-i, PC, Mac
Year: 1994

Crime Patrol
Consoles: 3DO, CD-i, PC, Sega CD
Year: 1993

Crime Patrol 2: Drug Wars
Consoles: 3DO, CD-i, DVD, PC
Year: 1994

The Dame Was Loaded
Consoles: CD-i, Mac, PC
Year: 1995

Dragon's Lair
Consoles: 3DO, Blu-ray, CD-i, DVD, HD-DVD, Jaguar, Mac, PC, Sega CD
Year: 1993

Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp
Consoles: CD-i, DVD, Mac, PC
Year: 1994

Escape From Cyber City
Consoles: CD-i
Year: 1992

Girl's Club
Consoles: CD-i
Year: 1992

A Great Day at the Races
Consoles: CD-i
Year: 1993

Kingdom: The Far Reaches
Consoles: 3DO, CD-i, DVD, Mac, PC
Year: 1994

Mad Dog McCree
Consoles: 3DO, CD-i, DVD, Mac, PC, Sega CD, Wii
Year: 1993

Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold
Consoles: 3DO, CD-i, DVD, PC, Sega CD, Wii
Year: 1992

NFL Instant Replay
Consoles: CD-i, PC,
Year: 1995

Space Ace
Consoles: 3DO, Blu-ray, CD-i, DVD, Jaguar, Mac, PC, Sega CD
Year: 1993

Strip Poker Live
Consoles: CD-i
Year: 1993

Thunder in Paradise Interactive
Consoles: CD-i
Year: 1995

Voyeur
Consoles: CD-i, PC
Year: 1993

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