The Pioneer LaserActive was a short-lived Laserdisc-based game console released by Pioneer in 1993. In addition to LaserActive games, separately sold add-on modules (referred to as "PAC" by Pioneer) expanded the hardware to include compatibility with the Sega Mega Drive and PC Engine/TurboGrafx 16 game cartridges and HuCards and CDs.
- 1 Models
- 2 Modules
- 3 Software
- 4 Market competition
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Models[edit | edit source]
The Pioneer CLD-A100 system was released 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 $970 US. NEC also released a cloned version of the system identified as the NEC PDE-LD1. Both systems supported the additional PAC modules interchangeably.
Modules[edit | edit source]
The plug-in modules listed below are formatted in American Model Number/Japanese Model Number
Sega PAC (PAC-S10/PAC-S1)[edit | edit source]
Pioneer Electronics (USA) and Sega Enterprises released this module that allows users to play 8-inch and 12-inch LaserActive Mega LD discs, in addition to the hundreds of existing SEGA-CD and Megadrive titles, as well as standard CD+G discs. It was the most popular add-on bought by the greater part of the LaserActive owners, costing roughly US$ 600. It comes with the usual Mega Drive/Genesis controller pad signed with a gold Pioneer LaserActive logo on it.
NEC PAC (PAC-N10/PAC-N1)[edit | edit source]
Pioneer Electronics (USA) and NEC Home Electronics released this module that allows users to play 8-inch and 12-inch LaserActive LD-ROM discs, as well as current TurboGrafx CD-ROM discs, game HuCards and CD+G discs. This PAC is today one of the most sought after accessories for the system, and the Laserdisc compatible games are equally rare. Note: the Japanese version of the PAC is unable to play American HuCard games, and the same is valid the other way around. The retail price was US$ 600. It comes with the usual PC Engine/TurboGrafx 16 controller pad signed with a gold Pioneer LaserActive logo on it.
Karaoke PAC (PAC-K10/PAC-K1)[edit | edit source]
This PAC allows the CLD-A100 to use all NTSC LaserKaraoke titles. The front panel has two microphone inputs with separated volume controls, as well as tone control. The retail price was US$ 350.
Computer Interface PAC (PAC-PC1)[edit | edit source]
This PAC has a 25-pin serial port allowing the CLD-A100 to be controlled by custom programs authored on PC or Macintosh computers. This PAC came with a 33-button infrared remote control providing more functionality than the 24-button remote included with the CLD-A100. Also included on DOS and Mac floppy disks was the LaserActive Program Editor. The floppy disks included some sample programs created with the editor for use with the first five LaserDiscs in the Tenchi Muyo! anime series.
LaserActive 3-D Goggles (GOL-1)[edit | edit source]
Used in conjunction with the various 3-D games that were released for the CLD-A100, the design was also compatible with the Sega Mega Drive and could be used with that system.
3-D Goggles Adaptor (ADP-1)[edit | edit source]
Packaged and sold separately from the 3-D Goggles, it allowed the user to connect the goggles to the CLD-A100, and allowed for up to two users to view content simultaneously.
Software[edit | edit source]
The standard LaserActive games were on Laserdisc encoded as a LD-ROM. An LD-ROM had a 540MB data area (where digital audio would have normally been stored) with sixty minutes of analogue audio and video.
|Name of Title||Region(s)||Required Modules||Release Date||Catalog Number|
|3-D Museum||U.S.||Sega, Goggles||1994||PEASU1012|
|3-D Museum||Japan||Sega, Goggles||1994||PEASJ1012|
|3D Virtual Australia||Japan||Sega, Goggles||PEASJ5042|
|Akuma no Shinban (The Demon's Judgment)||Japan||NEC||PEANJ5003|
|Back To The Edo||Japan||Sega||PEASJ5021|
|Bi Ryojon Collection (Pretty Illusion - Minayo Watanabe)||Japan||NEC||1994||PEANJ5025|
|Bi Ryojon Collection II (Pretty Illusion - Yuko Sakaki)||Japan||NEC||1994||PEANJ5028|
|Dora Dora Paradise||Japan||NEC||PEANJ5005|
|Dr. Paolo No Totteoki Video||Japan||Sega||PEASJ5030|
|The Great Pyramid||U.S.||Sega||PEASU5002|
|The Great Pyramid||Japan||Sega||PEASJ5002|
|High Roller Battle||U.S.||Sega||1993||PEASU1002|
|High Roller Battle||Japan||Sega||1993||PEASJ1002|
|I Will: The Story of London||U.S.||Sega||1993||PEASU1001|
|I Will: The Story of London||Japan||Sega||1993||PEASJ1001|
|J.B. Harold - Blue Chicago Blues||U.S.||Sega||PEASU5036|
|J.B. Harold - Blue Chicago Blues||Japan||Sega||PEASJ5036|
|J.B. Harold - Blue Chicago Blues||Japan||NEC||PEANJ5017|
|J.B. Harold - Manhattan Requiem||U.S.||NEC||PEANU5004|
|J.B. Harold - Manhattan Requiem||Japan||Sega||PEASJ5004|
|Triad Stone (aka Strahl)||U.S.||Sega||1994||PEASU5014|
|Triad Stone (aka Strahl)||Japan||Sega||1994||PEASJ5014|
|Vajra Ni||Japan||NEC, Goggles||1994||PEANJ1016|
|Virtual Cameraman 2||Japan||Sega, Goggles||1994||PEASJ5020|
|Zapping TV Satsui||Japan||NEC||1994||PEANJ5023|
Market competition[edit | edit source]
High-end A/V (primary market)[edit | edit source]
(multi-purpose audio/video systems)
- Commodore's CDTV
- Philips' CD-i
- 3DO Interactive Multiplayer
- Tandy Video Information System
Video gaming (secondary market)[edit | edit source]
- NEC PC Engine with Super CD-ROM expansion
- Nintendo's SNES
- Sega Mega Drive with CD-ROM expansion
- 3DO Interactive Multiplayer
Consumer A/V (secondary market)[edit | edit source]
- Both VHS and Betamax VCR format players
References[edit | edit source]
- See  for history of the LaserActive MYST prototype