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LaserActive CLD-A100 with the Sega Genesis module
|Type||Converged device, home video game console|
|Media||LD-ROM, CD-ROM, ROM cartridge, Hucard|
The LaserActive (レーザーアクティブ, RēzāAkutibu) is a converged device and fourth-generation home video game console capable of playing Laserdiscs, Compact Discs, console games, and LD-G karaoke discs. It was released by Pioneer Corporation in 1993. In addition to LaserActive games, separately sold add-on modules (called "PACs" by Pioneer) accept Mega Drive/Genesis and PC Engine/TurboGrafx 16 ROM cartridges and CD-ROMs.
Pioneer released the LaserActive model CLD-A100 in Japan on August 20, 1993 at a cost of ¥89,800, and in the United States on September 13, 1993 at a cost of $970. An NEC-branded version of the LaserActive player known as the LD-ROM² System, or model PCE-LD1, was released on December 1993, which was priced identically to the original system and also accepted Pioneer's PAC modules.The LaserActive has no regional lockout, allowing software from any region to be played on any system. However, it is considered a commercial failure.
In the headings below, the Japanese model number occurs first, followed by the North American model number.
The LaserActive 3-D Goggles (model GOL-1) employ an active shutter 3D system compatible with at least six 3D-ready LD-ROM software titles: 3-D Museum (1994), Vajra 2 (1994), Virtual Cameraman 2 (1994), Dr. Paolo No Totteoki Video (1994), Goku (1995), and 3D Virtual Australia (1996), the last software title published for the LaserActive.
The goggles are also compatible with the Sega Master System, and are interchangeable with the SegaScope 3-D Glasses.[ citation needed ] They can also be used to view 3-D images from autostereograms.
A goggle adapter (model ADP-1), packaged and sold separately from the 3-D Goggles, enables the user to connect one or two pairs of goggles to the CLD-A100.
The standard LaserActive games were on Laserdisc encoded as an LD-ROM. An LD-ROM had a capacity of 540 MB (where digital audio would have normally been stored) with 60 minutes of analog audio and video.
|Title||Region(s)||Language(s)||Required Modules||Release Date||Catalog Number|
|3D Museum||Japan, U.S.||English||NEC or Sega, Goggles||1994||PEANJ1012, PEASJ1012 (Japan), PEANU1012, PEASU1012 (U.S.)|
|3D Virtual Australia||Japan||Japanese||Sega, Goggles||March 11, 1996||PEASJ5042|
|Akuma no Shinban (Demon's Judgment)||Japan||Japanese||NEC||1993||PEANJ5003|
|Back To The Edo||Japan||Japanese||Sega||1994||PEASJ5021|
|Bi Ryojon Collection (Pretty Illusion - Minayo Watanabe)||Japan||Japanese||NEC or Sega||1994||PEANJ5025, PEASJ5025|
|Bi Ryojon Collection II (Pretty Illusion - Yuko Sakaki)||Japan||Japanese||NEC or Sega, Goggles||1994||PEANJ5028, PEASJ5028|
|Don Quixote: A Dream in Seven Crystals||Japan, U.S.||Japanese (Japan), English (U.S.)||Sega||1994||PEASJ5022 (Japan), PEASU5022 (U.S.)|
|Dora Dora Paradise||Japan||Japanese||NEC||1994||PEANJ5005|
|Dr. Paolo No Totteoki Video||Japan||Japanese||Sega, Goggles||1994||PEASJ5030|
|Ghost Rush!||Japan, U.S.||Bilingual||Sega||1994 (Japan), 1995 (U.S.)||PEASJ1018 (Japan), PEASU1018 (U.S.)|
|Goku||Japan, U.S.||Japanese (Japan), English (U.S.)||NEC (Japan), Sega (Japan, U.S.), Goggles||1995||PEASJ1010, PEANJ1032 (Japan), PEASU1010 (U.S.)|
|The Great Pyramid||Japan, U.S.||Bilingual||Sega||1993||PEASJ5002 (Japan), PEASU5002 (U.S.)|
|Hi-Roller Battle||Japan, U.S.||Bilingual||Sega||1993||PEASJ1002 (Japan), PEASU1002 (U.S.)|
|Hyperion||Japan, U.S.||English||Sega||1994||PEASJ5019 (Japan), PEASU5019 (U.S.)|
|I Will: The Story of London||Japan, U.S.||Bilingual||Sega||1993||PEASJ1001 (Japan), PEASU1001 (U.S.)|
|J.B. Harold - Blue Chicago Blues||Japan, U.S.||Bilingual||NEC (Japan), Sega (Japan, U.S.)||1994 (NEC), 1995 (Sega)||PEANJ5017, PEASJ5036 (Japan), PEASU5036 (U.S.)|
|J.B. Harold - Manhattan Requiem||Japan, U.S.||Bilingual||NEC||1993||PEANJ5004 (Japan), PEANU5004 (U.S.)|
|Melon Brains||Japan, U.S.||Japanese (Japan), English (U.S.)||NEC (Japan), Sega (Japan, U.S.), Goggles||1994||PEANJ1031, PEASJ1011 (Japan), PEASU1011 (U.S.)|
|Pyramid Patrol||Japan, U.S.||English||Sega||1993||PEASJ5001 (Japan), PEASU5001 (U.S.)|
|Quiz Econosaurus||Japan, U.S.||Bilingual||NEC||1993||PEANJ5001 (Japan), PEANU5001 (U.S.)|
|Road Blaster (Japan), Road Prosecutor (U.S.)||Japan||Bilingual||Sega||1995||PEASJ1033 (Japan), PEASU1033 (U.S.)|
|Rocket Coaster||Japan, U.S.||English||Sega||1993||PEASU5013 (Japan), PEASU5013 (U.S.)|
|Space Berserker||Japan, U.S.||Bilingual||Sega||1993||PEASJ1003 (Japan), PEASU1003 (U.S.)|
|Triad Stone (aka Strahl)||Japan, U.S.||Bilingual||Sega||1994||PEASJ5014 (Japan), PEASU5014 (U.S.)|
|Vajra||Japan, U.S.||English||NEC||1993||PEANJ1001 (Japan), PEANU1001 (U.S.)|
|Vajra 2||Japan||English||NEC, Goggles||1994||PEANJ1016|
|Virtual Cameraman 2||Japan||Japanese||Sega, Goggles||1994||PEASJ5020|
|Zapping TV Satsui||Japan||Bilingual||NEC or Sega||1994||PEANJ5023, PEASJ5024|
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