||3DO Interactive Multiplayer
3DO Interactive Multiplayer (most commonly referred to as 'the 3DO') was a line of video game consoles released in 1993 and 1994 by Panasonic, Sanyo and Goldstar. The consoles were manufactured according to specifications created by The 3DO Company, and were originally designed by Dave Needle and RJ Mical of New Technology Group. The system was concieved by entrepreneur and EA Games founder Trip Hawkins.
Despite a highly-promoted launch and a host of cutting-edge technologies, the system's high price ($699.95 USD at release) and an over-saturated console market brought 'the 3DO' to a speedy demise.
- Panasonic FZ-1 R.E.A.L. 3DO Interactive Multiplayer (Japan, Asia, North America and Europe) - The first 3DO system, which was initially priced at $699.99 in the U.S.
- Panasonic FZ-10 R.E.A.L. 3DO Interactive Multiplayer (North America, Europe and Japan) - Less expensive than the FZ-1, the FZ-10 is smaller compared to the FZ-1.
- Goldstar 3DO Interactive Multiplayer (North America, South Korea and Europe) - Early models of the Goldstar systems cause some games not to work.
- Goldstar 3DO ALIVE II (South Korea only)
- Sanyo TRY 3DO Interactive Multiplayer (Japan only) - The rarest 3DO model.
- Creative 3DO BLASTER - PC card (ISA slot) with a 2X CD-ROM drive and one controller that enables a PC to play 3DO games. Also very rare.
- 32-bit 12.5 MHz RISC CPU (ARM60) made by Advanced RISC Machines (roughly equivalent to 25 MHz 68030)
- Math co-processor
- 32kb SRAM
- 2 MB RAM
- 1 MB VRAM
- 2 expansion ports
- Truecolor 640x480 pixel resolution (approximately 16.7 million colors)
- Two accelerated video co-processors capable of producing 9-16 million pixels per second (36-64 megapix/s interpolated), distorted, scaled, rotated and texture mapped
- 16-bit stereo sound
- 44.1 kHz sound sampling rate
- Fully supports Dolby Surround Sound
- Custom 16-bit Digital Signal Processor (DSP)