HDTV1080P Posted August 25, 2017 Share Posted August 25, 2017 (edited) My first videogame system was the 1982 ColecoVision and my first computer was the Expansion module #3 ADAM computer that was purchased back in 1983. In addition, I owned a Coleco Expansion module #1 Atari 2600 adapter. For a little over a decade I was happy with my 8-bit ADAM computer for arcade games like Donkey Kong the Supergame, Zaxxon the Supergame, and others. In addition, as I got older I did not have time for videogames. Work, School, and various projects kept me from the videogame world. In my free time, I would rent and purchase Laserdiscs and watch those high quality movies that had much better quality video and audio when compared to VHS tape. In September of 1993 Pioneer released a very unique product in North America called the LaserActive Interactive Entertainment system. Back in 1993 this was the best videogame system on the market in terms of picture and audio quality. It was a 16-bit videogame system that ran circles around the 1982 ColecoVision and 1983 ADAM. When I saw the Laseractive system I was amazed at the video and audio quality. The Laseractive system not only plays 16 bit Sega Genesis games and 16 bit NEC Turbo Grafx games on both cartridge (called rom cards for NEC) and CD-ROM but it also plays exclusive 12 inch LD-ROM discs for the Sega system and the NEC Turbo Grafx system. The 12 inch LD-ROM games are amazing for the Pioneer Laseractive system. The DVD format did not come out until 1997 and before DVD, Laserdisc was King for picture and sound quality. Laserdisc had the highest quality standard definition resolution and offered 5.1 lossy DTS surround sound at 1.54Mbps. There were 4 control packs for the Laseractive system. There was the Sega Genesis Pack, the NEC Turbo Grafx pack, the Karaoke Pack, and the latest pack was the computer interface pack. There was also a 3-D goggle adapter. Pioneer never released Dragon’s Lair or Space Ace for the system, however if one had the computer pack and the actual Laserdisc from the arcade, in theory it would be possible to make a program on a IBM or Macintosh computer that would make it possible to be exactly like the arcade game, instead of the poor quality version of Dragon’s Lair like the ADAM computer had. The Laseractive system also played Laserdisc movies and audio CD’s. The Pioneer LaserActive system in September 1993 was the best videgame system on the market, however it also was the most expensive with the LaserActive unit costing around $970 plus the control packs were optional items costing hundreds of dollars. The 12 inch LD-ROM games cost around $100 each. In 1996 Pioneer electronics discontinued the system that was too expensive for the average consumer. It is estimated that only 10,000 LaserActive systems were sold. I ended up purchasing a few LaserActive systems in the 1990’s at a retail store and mail order places since it was the best videogame system at the time. Also the Laseractive system was being cleared out at around $300 at some places, and some places were throwing in one or two game packs for free or for only a $100 more. The LaserActive system was a major improvement over the 1983 Coleco ADAM system and also I had a large selection of Laserdiscs and audio CD’s that I could play on Pioneer’s Laseractive system. I also purchased all 4 control packs, 3D goggles, and every 12 inch LD-ROM videogame made for the system. It has become a true collector’s item since only 10,000 LaserActive systems were made and some of the games, and computer pack items were made in small QTY. Of course, I have not had or made much time to play with the LaserActive system. So far the Pioneer LaserActive system was my last videogame system I purchased. In November 2006 the Sony Playstation 3 with a 50GB BD-ROM drive was the best videogame system on the market. However in August 2016 Microsoft released the Xbox one S with a built in 100GB BD-ROM drive that plays native 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. As of August 2017 the XBOX One S is the best videogame system on the market. However when I have free time I normally 99% spend that time watch Blu-ray movie discs, and I have not purchased any modern videogame system. Thar Pioneer LaserActive system is the last videogame system I purchased. Information on the attached files Sometime around Christmas of 1993 or later I picked the attached Pioneer brochures up at a retail store. Because of limitations of this websites individual file size needing to be no more then 50MB maximum, I reduced the scan quality from 48 bit color at 1200dpi to 48bit color at 600dpi. 1200dpi looks better but takes more space. Even at the low 600dpi quality the first attachment had to be compressed using lossless zip compression in order to get the 10 page flyer under 50MB in size. Pioneer LaserActive flyer.zip Laseractive new software review.pdf Edited August 25, 2017 by HDTV1080P Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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