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Commodore’s rival to Philip’s CDi struggled in the marketplace due to cost and a lack of software. An upgrade for the Amiga that would allow it to run CDTV discs suffered from delays which did little to encourage developers to work on the machine.

Kelly Sumner, Commodore UK’s former boss, spoke about the CDTV’s failure:

“We got the basics wrong. Wrong price, wrong spec, no support. It came out with Workbench 1.3 when we were launching Workbench 2.0 [on the Amiga]so the operating system was out of date. It could have done with a bit more RAM and I think it should have come with a built-in 3.5″ floppy disk drive.”

The Games

Psygnosis’ Lemmings was available for the CDTV, and the Liverpool based company also promised to release the impressive looking Planetside, although this proved to be vapourware. A number of educational titles were also released.

Again, Kelly Sumner commented: “On the software side I don’t think we got the balance of titles right and I think there were simply not enough of them”.

People

The Bitmap Brothers released a conversion of their Amiga and Atari ST classic Xenon 2 for the CDTV. See arrgh’s Bitmap Brothers section. (link to follow)

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Major events

1991
Launch price: £699

Emulators

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Features

1MB RAM
Single-speed CD-Rom drive
Infra-red controller