>> Saturday, February 2, 2008
While Philips did dabble with the idea of expanding into the edutainment market, there was never a presumption that they would compete with Nintendo or Sega. At best there was the idea of competing with the 3DO as a multi-media appliance (or as Pioneer called it, "interactive home-entertainment system") in the high-end market, and a limited number of games were presented at tradeshows to round out the platform library. This was a way to sell their video platform to the affluent A/V consumer by adding the pitch that their video system is better because your children can use it for their entertainment as well. In 1995 the home entertainment market was very segmented with multiple stratas of competition. While it's easy in hindsight to blanket them all into the "video game market", as vertical market players, in reality they were horizontal market players that crossed into the space to increase their feature lists.
These catagories of systems were generally never even marketed on the whole as game machines. They were attempts at driving a home video format/player when it was preceived that the killer application to sell your video player was including the ability to do other things than play movies. Pioneer attempted to enter this market as well with the model CLD-A100 LaserDisc player which had Genesis/PC Engine AND karaoke expansion capabilities. But even then, that system was marketed as a LaserDisc player with these extra enhanced features. The Nuon was originally planned as an enhanced DVD player that *also* played games and would eventually have internet access. The Pippen was a home Internet appliance that *also* played games. Even my Palm Pilot plays games but that doesn't make it a game machine.
In 1995 the replacement for VHS was the killer application everyone was searching for. Everyone wanted to show you how great a movie looked on their player first followed by "oh and by the way it will play games too!" But that didn't make any of these systems video game consoles.
Personally I think that it's questionable having CD-i in the "computer video games" comparison listings, and at best it should have it's own side catagory.