With the impending launch of the CD-based Saturn and PlayStation, Atari decided that the Jaguar needed to have multimedia capabilities as well and initiated development of an add-on CD device. The cost of the CD add-on was projected at $249, but it also required ownership of a $149 Jaguar base unit. The combination was deemed too expensive and, as a result, Atari began development of a hybrid unit to be priced at $300. The combined system never made it past a mockup, and no prototypes are known to exist.
While the Jaguar CD was released in 1995 at a price point of $150, it was actually released after both the Saturn and PlayStation consoles because of delays. Two full CD games, Blue Lightning and Vid Grid, were bundled with the add-on. A demo for Myst and a soundtrack CD for Tempest 2000 were also included.
By Kyle Knight