3DO Interactive Multiplayer console

Nickname: 3DO
Manufacturer: The 3DO Company
Predecessor: -
Successor: Panasonic M2
Release Date: 3/10/1993
Discontinued Date: 31/12/1995
Additional Sizes: -
Display Palette: 16.7 million colors
Initial Price: US$699.99 | JP¥79,800 | KOR399.000
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In 1991, the 3DO Company introduced the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer home video game console. It was released in North America in 1993 and was one of the first 32-bit consoles to be released. Although the console was intended to be a high-end multimedia machine that could play video games, CDs, and movies, it was not very successful and was eventually discontinued in 1996.

Technical Aspects

One of the most impressive features of the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer console was its custom 32-bit RISC CPU. It had a CPU clocking at 12.5 MHz and was capable of executing 32-bit instructions at a rate of 20 MIPS (million instructions per second); this was a significant improvement over the 16-bit processors used in previous consoles like the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis, which were typically clocked at around 3-7 MHz and executed instruction at around 1-3 MIPS per second.

Additionally, the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer had 2 MB of RAM, divided into two 1 MB banks, which enabled more complex games and better graphics at the time.

The console featured a custom graphics chip called the "Advanced Graphic Architecture" or AGA that displayed up to 16.7 million colors and had a resolution of 640x480 pixels. Compared to previous consoles with 256-color palettes and lower resolutions, this was a significant improvement.

In addition to its built-in CD-ROM drive, the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer could also play audio and video CDs, as well as game discs. In addition, the console had a high-speed data transfer rate of 300 KB/s, which was faster than the PlayStation and Sega Saturn's 150 KB/s.

In addition, the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer was one of the first consoles to have an internal modem, which allowed users to connect to the internet and play online games, which was a relatively new concept at the time. Online gaming on the 3DO, however, was not very popular due to the limited availability of broadband internet and the high cost of the console.

In general, it was an advanced console in terms of technology

3DO Interactive Multiplayer: Games

The 3DO Interactive Multiplayer lacked a large library of games despite its technical capabilities. "Road Rash", "Star Control II", "Samurai Shodown", and "Super Street Fighter II Turbo" were some of the most popular games for the console. There were also a few interactive movies and educational games on the console.

Final Thoughts

There was something revolutionary about the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer console. The console had impressive technical capabilities, and it offered many features not seen in other consoles at the time, such as online gaming and CD playback; nevertheless, it wasn't very successful, in part because of its high price tag and limited game selection. Even though it failed in the marketplace, the console had a lasting impact on the gaming industry and paved the way for future consoles.