Philips CD-i From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Philips CD-i (an abbreviation of Compact Disc Interactive) is an interactive multimedia CD player developed and marketed by Royal Philips Electronics N.V. It was created to provide more functionality than an audio CD player or game console, but at a lower price than a personal computer with a CD-ROM drive at the time. The cost savings were due to the lack of a floppy drive, keyboard, mouse, monitor (a standard television is used), and less operating system software. CD-i also refers to the multimedia Compact Disc standard used by the CD-i console, also known as Green Book, which was developed by Philips and Sony. In addition to games, educational and multimedia reference titles were also produced, such as interactive encyclopedias and museum tours, which were popular before public Internet access was widespread. The CD-i was also one of the earliest gaming systems to implement internet features, including subscriptions, web browsing, downloading, e-mail, and online play. This was facilitated by the use of an additional hardware modem that Philips released in 1996 for $150.[4] Competitors included the Tandy VIS and Commodore CDTV. Work on the CD-i began in 1984 and it was first publicly announced in 1986.[5] The first Philips CD-i player, released in 1991 and initially priced around US$700,[6] was capable of playing interactive CD-i discs, Audio CDs, CD+G (CD+Graphics), Karaoke CDs, Photo CDs and Video CDs (VCDs), though the latter required an optional "Digital Video Card" to provide MPEG-1 decoding. The CD-i was a commercial failure, selling only 1 million units across all manufactures in 7 years, and losing Philips $1 billion. The Philips CD-i 220 console and controller Manufacturer Philips, Sony, Magnavox Type Home video game console Media player Generation Fourth generation Release date NA: December 3, 1991 EU: 1992 Retail availability 1991–1998 Discontinued 1998[1] Units sold 1 million[2][3] Media CD-i, Audio CD, CD+G, Karaoke CD, Video CD Operating system CD-RTOS CPU Philips SCC68070 @ 15.5 MHz Memory 1 MB RAM Display 384×280 to 768×560 Graphics Philips SCC66470 Sound MCD 221, ADPCM eight channel sound Online services CD-Online Predecessor Philips Videopac + G7400

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