The LaserActive was a video game console released in 1993 by Pioneer. It was capable of playing laserdiscs and its own games but had many add-on modules called PACs for more features, including playing Sega Genesis games, Sega CD games, TurboGrafx 16 games and TurboGrafx 16 CD games.
- Sega PAC: This helped play Sega Genesis and Sega CD games.
- NEC PAC: This helped play Turbografx and TurboGrafx CD games.
- Karaoke PAC: This helped play LaserKaraoke titles
- Computer Interface PAC: This allowed the LaserActive to be controlled by a software developed for home computers, allowed it to be used by a 33 button remote, and gave it editing software.
Why it Flopped
- Unbelievably expensive. The base console alone was $970 but each PAC itself cost hundreds of dollars.
- The Sega PAC cost $600.
- The NEC PAC also cost $600.
- The Karaoke PAC cost $350.
- Adding this all up, at the time this cost gamers $2520.
- Laserdiscs soon became obsolete further dooming the LaserActive.
- There were two types of CDs used for LaserActive's original games, the Mega LD discs and the LD-ROM2 discs. However, the Sega and NEC PACS were needed for the discs. The Sega PAC had the software for MEGA LD discs and the NEC PACs held the software for the LD-ROM2 discs.