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Sega JVC X'Eye: A Brief History


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Sega JVC X’Eye: The Perfect Experience

 

   The JVC X’Eye was released in the Spring of 1994 as the American version of the Wondermega, and was also released in Japan as the Wondermega II.  It included a Karaoke feature and a SVHS output.  While it included many unique features, it was overpriced (at about $650) and failed to launch very strongly.

   Essentially, this console combined the power of the Sega Mega Drive and the Mega CD.  It included features such as microphone inputs and an 9-pin AV port.  The X’Eye is compatible with CD+G discs and also supported the “Wonder CD” peripheral.  This meant several MIDI jacks and the support of a music keyboard, nicknamed the “Piano Player”.

   This console can support the 32X add-on but due to the location of the Genesis/Megadrive connector you cannot use the CD portion at the same time which kills the 32x/CD games.  The console never reached the market in Europe, though it was initially publicized.   The Power Base Converter is not compatible without modification due to the lip that hangs from the back of the converter.

   The X’Eye was packaged with the titles Prize Fighter and Compton’s Interactive Encyclopedia and also included a Karaoke CD.

   While in many ways, the X’Eye could simply be called a combination of the Mega Drive and Mega CD, it did have features of its own.  It had an interesting light display, including bright green lights which showed around the CD drive when the console was active.  This helped give the system a more high-tech look.

   It was also designed to follow Sega’s evolving theme of embracing music.  The console appears to be designed in the image of a DJ desk system.  By supporting MIDI, this console allowed users to connect their musical instruments to the system and with each other, creating a network of instruments.  The audio files extracted from the instruments could be played on different platforms and allowed audio files to be installed on keyboards and several other instruments.  This was a much cheaper alternative than any other system that provided that service.

   In many ways, this console was a step away from the norm for Sega, and a step into new territory which was never fully embraced subsequently.

~Vic

 

Sega JVC X’Eye - Model: ???

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1994

   Original Release - The X’Eye, as opposed to the Wondermega II, has a slightly different aesthetic appearance, but beyond this, is nearly identical.  Unlike the Wondermega, the X’Eye does not support S-video.

 

  • Unit Lifetime:  1994 - 1995
  • Units Sold (Worldwide):  Less than 10,000
  • Backwards Compatibility:  N/A
  • Media Type:  Cartridge and Disc
  • Resolution:  256 x 226
  • Colors Available:  256
  • Colors on Screen:  52
  • Sound Output (All Models):  6-Channel Stereo
  • Power Requirements (All Models):   9.5v 1.5amps

(If you see anything incorrect or that you want added, feel free to comment below and the posting will be edited to reflect the corrections.)

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