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Philips CD-i

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Philips CD-i
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Last game
Technical Details
Media CD-i disc
Storage capacity 1 MB RAM
CPU Philips SCC68070
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Compatibility & Connectivity
Can connect with N/A
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Backwards compatible with N/A
Services provided Multimedia player
Launch date
  • NA: December 3, 1991
  • EU: 1992
Discontinue date 1998
Units sold 1 million
Predecessor Successor

The Philips CD-i is a home multimedia device released in 1991 by Philips. Acting in some ways similar to a modern-day DVD player, the CD-i was supposed to represent a revolutionary new era for media players - a single device that could play not just music CDs but also video games.

The CD-i was the result of a failed deal between Nintendo and Sony to create a CD-based add-on for the SNES called the PlayStation Experimental. Sony, however, wanted a large share of the profit from this add-on, as well as the right to brand it with their logo. Without warning, Nintendo canceled the deal, moving to Sony's rival Philips to make the same add-on. Sony's research and development on the PlayStation Experimental led to the release of the PlayStation console in 1996 as a rival to the Nintendo 64.

When Nintendo eventually backed out of the deal with Philips, Philips demanded to use several of Nintendo's characters in games for the CD-i, leading to the notoriously poor Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, Link: The Faces of Evil, Zelda's Adventure, and Hotel Mario.


The Philips CD-i was released in a number of models by Phillips depending on the market:

  • CD-i player 200 series: includes the CD-i 205, 210, and 220 models, marketed toward the general public.
  • CD-i player 300 series: includes the CD-i 310, 350, 360, and 370 models, marketed for professional use.
  • CD-i player 400 series: includes the CD-i 450, 470, and 490 models, slimmed-down units marketed toward the console and educational markets.
  • CD-i player 900 series: includes the CD-i 601, 602, 604, 605, 615, 660, and 670 models, marketed toward professional software developers, not made available for the general market.

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