Pioneer LaserActive

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Release Date: 19/8/1993
Discontinued Date: 31/12/1995
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Display Palette: 16.7 million colors
Initial Price: JP¥89,800 | US$970.00
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LaserActive is a home console released by Pioneer in 1993. At these time, Sega Laser Disk hardware was produced. It was an arcade system produced by Sega which made use of full motion video games. These machines featured built-in Laser Disk players by even Hitachi and also Pioneer. By the mid to late 80's Sega and Pioneer begun working on the Mega Laser Disk add on, for the Mega Drive system. At the end, the platform was completely canceled. However, Pioneer released a gaming platform of its own, Pioneer LaserActive, one of the largest gaming devices ever build.

The system can play Laser Disk movies and even a variety of Laser Disk games. What made this device unique however was its modularity. The owner could buy pack modules to insert inside of the system. One of these packs was specifically for karaoke. Another pack gave the ability to play both Sega Mega Drive cartridges and Sega Mega CD games and this was officially licensed. The module also had its own 6-button controller. Another pack gave also the ability to play both PC Engine games and PC Engine CD games too. This module too came with a PC Engine controller. So in the early 90's with Pioneer's LaserActive a player had access in Sega Mega Drive, Sega Mega CD, PC Engine and PC Engine CD game libraries!