>> Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Austin found the link on ebay, and he bought a Kyocera CD-i player last year as well. Austin: "Manufactured in Japan during May 1994 from what the bottom of the system says. Built like a rock from what I can tell, and it uses 1/8" jacks for it's audio and video-out. It also has an I/O port, plus the Mic port for the Karaoke stuff (no karaoke options built into the system though, so I guess this was done through external software or on a karaoke CD). It also has a "video-in" port, which is the most-interesting feature. Doing a little more testing, it seems like they dislike CD-R media as well. It is a NTSC player. I decided to hook this up today again to capture some footage. I ran into some issues though. Trying three games, one wouldn't load at all (Pyramid Adventures). The other two games, Lemmings and Zenith, failed to load certain background elements (usually the main part of the playfield, leaving a mostly black screen on both titles asides from your menu/scores).
I don't know if this is a problem with the player itself (faulty, perhaps?), or if maybe there were cost-cutting measures made and it's not capable of playing standard games (clearly it was designed solely for professional use, so that doesn't seem far-off to me). I am most interested in finding whether my system is damaged in some way, or if perhaps it lacks elements that "normal" CD-i players feature, causing certain games to not display properly." There's no Digital Video Cartridge in this unit.