Personal Computer Museum, Canada's Videogame Museum

Commodore CDTV

Commodore CDTV

Speed7.16 MHz
Memory1024 KB
Hard Drive650  MB

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Commodore

CDTV

Release Date: 3/1/1991
Manufacturer: Commodore
Original Retail Price:
Adjusted Inflation Price:
$999.95
$1,753.05*
 
Donated By: Gerry Cavan
 
The CDTV (Commodore Dynamic Total Vision) is a very unique item. It looks like a CD or DVD player and would fit right into your audio rack beside your television. In fact, that was exactly what Commodore was thinking. Similar in concept to Philip's CD-I (interactive), the CDTV actually contains an Amiga computer inside (based around the Amiga 500). The main interface requires simply inserting a CD-ROM (unfortunately, in a caddy) and the system goes to work. Several reference encyclopedias were available as well as a number of Amiga titles. You could even connect an Amiga floppy drive to the unit and there is a keyboard and mouse available as well. The infared controller lets you navigate your way around the system and can be used to play games. The system even plays CD+G discs (Karaoke) and has a beautifully designed visual interface designed by Jim Sachs. Eventually, the CDTV was replaced by the more game specific CD32 which is based on the more powerful Amiga 1200.

 

This computer is currently interactive in the Museum.
 
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* Inflation data courtesy of www.inflationdata.com. Values are approximate using our own calculations.