COULD HAVE BEEN A CONTENDER -- 3DO
You sound vaguely familiar, something to do with video games
I seem to remember?
Not so fast, Iím not dead yet, I still have a loyal
following here and abroad, though I admit market domination is an unlikely
So are you a video games console or not?
Yes, and five years ago I was the great white hope, a
powerful new concept in optical disc-based multimedia entertainment, backed by
some of the most powerful names in the business
Thatís right, something to do with Panasonic wasnít it?
Yes, and no; 3DO was the brainchild of the 3DO Company.
Panasonic have a licence to manufacture 3DO products, other companies producing
consoles or holding licences include Sanyo, Samsung, Goldstar, Toshiba and
AT&T, though not all of them did, and only Panasonic launched a system in
So what does 3DO stand for?
Opinions vary, some say it means three dollars only, which
was the disc licence fee payable to the 3DO Company. Others contend its
something to do with three-dimensional objects, but my favourite explanation is
that itís the third Ďde ohí after video and audio, geddit?
Yes, unfortunately, so tell me your story, and how did you
get to become just a contender?
Cast your mind back four years, before Nintendo N64, Sega
Saturn the dratted Sony Playstation and fast, cheap PCs. At that times video
games consoles were riding high and there was a demand for faster, more
demanding action titles. 3DO used a fast 32-bit RISC processor, it could handle
up to 8 controllers, 3DO consoles could play audio CDs, Photo CDs and Video
CDs, with a plug-in MPEG cartridge
Yes, yes, but what went wrong?
The timing was bad, CD-i was coming onto the market, causing
real consumer confusion in Europe, the cost of PCs was just beginning to fall,
and rumours were beginning to circulate that Sega, Nintendo, who already had
all the best games and characters something pretty spectacular up their
sleeves. At about that time Sony were hinting they were hoping to be a big
player in the games market and the lack of backing from other companies meant
sales were poor.
Gone but not forgotten?
Certainly, and as I
have said I still have many loyal fans but if Iím realistic I have to
acknowledge that Iím on a one-way trip to that great video games arcade in the
sky. The supply of software titles has dwindled and my once lightning fast
processor and smooth graphics are being left far behindÖ
WIDESCREEN TVS FOR GROUP TEST
waiting on the buggers, will phone thru asap
„R. Maybury 1998 0204