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The CD-i had problems establishing itself because of the high cost of the base unit. Cut down versions of the machine were eventually released, but by then consumers were turning to PC and Mac based CD-ROMs.

The Games

As was the way with all early CD-ROM systems, most releases were (shudder) edutainment titles.

From a historical perspective, the most interesting games were the three Legend of Zelda games exclusive to the format: Link: The Faces of Evil, Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon and Zelda’s Adventure. Don’t get your hopes up, though. All three were rubbish.

Major events

1991
First CD-i unit released

1998
Philips killed the CD-i

Emulators

Mac OS X

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iOS

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OUYA/Android

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Features

16-bit 68070 processor
Single-speed CD-ROM drive
Support for CD-i discs, audio CDs, CD+G and karaoke CDs
With an MPEG-1 hardware adaptor, the CD-i could play Video-CDs. Some later CD-i models included the MPEG-1 hardware as standard