|4th Generation Competitors|
|Neo Geo CD||Megadrive||Super NES||Neo Geo AES||CDTV||PC Engine||NEC SuperGrafx|
|Region||Release Date||Discontinued||Lifetime Sales|
|Japan||April 25th 1992||1998|
|North America||3rd Dec 1991||1998|
|Europe||July 10th 1992||1998|
Philips were one of the creators of the CD standard and they decided to make a machine to show off it’s capabilities. Initially they expected to license the technology to other manufacturers, much like the 3DO company tried later on.
Initial interest was not strong however and Philips ended up releasing several models themselves. Magnavox did release a variant of the 450, but it was mostly just a rebadged version of Philips own model.
Philips placed the CDI as an educational tool, and didn’t have a strong games library. Like many companies that tried the same strategy Philips failed. The initial machines were quite expensive and a relatively limited library that suffered from quality didn’t help.
Philips eventually released the cut price 400 series, it was more console like and did away with infra-red controller capability (which wasn’t popular for games anyway).