|4th Generation Competitors|
|PC Engine||Megadrive||Super NES||Neo Geo AES||Neo Geo CD||Philips CDI||NEC SuperGrafx|
|Region||Release Date||Discontinued||Lifetime Sales|
|North America||Mar 1991||1993|
Commodore’s second attempt at taking the living room. Unfortunately, despite the fact that this was based on the Amiga 500, a machine well known for it’s games, they did not position this as a console. Instead the CDTV was advertised as an educational system.
The CDTV was also incredibly expensive, especially when compared to other consoles at the time. The CD Rom drive was a very early model and, as well as being slow, needed a caddy to play discs.
The price meant that potential buyers would buy Nintendo or Sega instead and because of poor sales there was little support from developers. This was especially galling considering how easy it was to port software from the A500.
The CDTV had extensive upgrade options available. As well as all the bits needed to make it into a fully fledged Amiga (Keyboard, Mouse and Floppy Drive) there were several memory upgrade options and even upgrades for video. By default the CDTV outputs to RGB or Composite, but there were options that added RF / RCA and Scart.
It was even possible to add genlock options, meaning the CDTV could be used for one of the Amiga’s strengths, video editing.
All of these errors were fixed in the CDTVs successor, the CD32.
|Processor||Motorola 68000 @ 7.16 MHz / 7.06 MHz|
|ROM||256k Kickstart 256k CDTV|
|Custom Chips||OCS, ECS Chipsets|
|Video||12 bit 16, 32, 64, 4096 Colours depending on graphics mode|
|Audio||2 x 8 bit Stereo PCM Channels|
|Removable storage||Single Speed CD Rom|