History of video games/Platforms/Halcyon
History[edit | edit source]
Do you believe in magic? You will.—Halcyon advertising slogan, RDI marketing flyer
RDI was a small company based out of Carlsbad, California. The company was headed by Rick Dyer, and had prior experience in the industry, most notably producing Don Bluth's milestone laserdisk arcade game Dragon's Lair.
The Halcyon was set to release in 1985 with the voice controlled console costing either $2,500, or $2,100 and the non-voice enabled console costing $1,800. Though the produced consoles were never sold at retail, up to ten Halcyon consoles exist from kits sent to investors. RDI projected their own first year sales to be 25,000 units sold, though it is impossible to say if this would have actually occurred had the console actually launched.
Technology[edit | edit source]
The Halcyon used an 8-bit Z80B CPU clocked at 6 megahertz and had 64 kilobytes of RAM.
The Halcyon could interpret 200 words.
Released games[edit | edit source]
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References[edit | edit source]
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