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3DO
Oct 1993


Sanyo prototype Japanese 3Do
An interactive multimedia gaming system, boasting photo-realistic graphics and full-motion video.

Its failure is generally blamed on lack of developer support, high cost and system/controller design.
Panasonic FZ-1
3DO technology was licensed so anyone could manufacture a system. A version was made by Goldstar for example. The panasonic machine pictured here is considered by most to be the best example. The newer FZ-10 version was given a flip top lid CD drive.
Specification
CPU
32-bit 12.5Mhz RISC
Memory
2 MB DRAM
1 MB ROM
32KB battery backed up SRAM
Display
Two 25Mhz co-Processors.
9-16 million pixels per second.
Scaling , rotation, 16bit Texturemaping, transparency, translucency, color-shading effects.
Sound
16-bit Stereo Sound @ 44.1KHz
Dolby
MPEG Audio Decompression, 32-channels
Controls
1 controller port:
8-Way directional joystick, 3 buttons, daisy chainable
Peripherals
Steering Wheel
Memory card
Unreleased:

M2 (pictured).
Memory upgrade.
Panasonic Modem.
Panasonic VR Helmet.
Panasonic Karaoke adaptor.
MPEG 1 Adaptor:
Adds Video CD compatibility for FZ-1 systems.
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M2

64bit M2 system upgrade module

Two years after launching the 3DO, the 3DO company announced the Mark Two Accelerator - alias M2. The M2 would use a RISC based 66Mhz Power PC chip capable of 1,000,000 polygons/sec.

M2 technology made it into arcade machines but the 3DO release never happened.