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Pioneer LaserActive

Another LaserDisc based console, this time from 1993 and developed by electronics giant Pioneer.  At it’s base, the LaserActive isn’t even a game console at all; It’s a LaserDisc movie player.  With add-ons, however, the LaserActive gained the ability to play games from the Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Turbo Grafx 16, and Turbo CD, as well as a karaoke discs and special LaserActive interactive movies.

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If you think playing games from all those different consoles on one machine sounds like a good deal you’d be right – as long as you ignore the price.  The base unit cost $970 and each add-on could cost up to $600 each, bringing the total price close to $4000 for this all in one device.  It was for this reason that the LaserActive was quietly discontinued midway through 1994.

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