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3DO

3DO
Oct 1993

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.

SPECS

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.