>> Thursday, April 12, 2007
Officialy named the Sony Portable CD-I IVO-V11 Intelligent Discman, this was Sony's debut into CD based videogaming. In some way this is the prequel to the famous Sony Playstation as well. Sony released two versions of their portable CD-i unit, IVO-10 and IVO-11, the latter was an improvement on the previous model IVO V10: it solved some compatibility issues and it was compatible with the standard for CD-i pointing devices. Rumoured is the IVO-V12 which might be about the (as well) rumoured digital video version of Sony's portable CD-i player. Released in 1990-1991, the Intelligent Discmans did not support Digital Video. So yes, the Compact Disc Interactive was developed by both Philips and Sony, only Sony stepped out of the format at an early stage to go its own way with the Playstation.
This portable unit has an build in LCD screen and a small speaker on the right side, as well as RCA for television (or recording device). It also has a headphone jack. On the front panel it has a power switch as well as common CD playing controls like fast forward, rewind, stop, pause and play. Remarkable detail: Two portables are available , both are IVO-V11 players. One of them has the text "Intelligent Discman" (A brilliant name, by the way) on the top. While I suppose both players are identical, I don't know if only a specific run got this line on it.
Devin told me about a rumoured Digital Video version: "This is something that turned up from a guy called Kevin I was talking to extensively about all things CD-i at the ClassicGaming EXPO this year. He found a current (at the time!) SONY employee who was demonstrating a SONY Portable CD-i Player which had Digital Video capabilities. This was in prototype form and was intended for the professional market much as the base case machine was marketed for with it's high price tag!! Kevin offered to buy the prototype but it was only for demonstration purposes and the SONY employee was resolute that it was SONY property that could not be sold. Kevin certainly knew his CD-i very well in our discussions so i'm confident this information is accurate."