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History of video games/Platforms/Halcyon

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The Halcyon uses Laserdisks an early optical medium which can be seen on the left. A DVD for comparison can be seen on the right.

History[edit | edit source]

Do you believe in magic? You will.
—Halcyon advertising slogan, RDI marketing flyer[1]

RDI was a small company based out of Carlsbad, California.[2] 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.[3][4]

The Halcyon was set to release in 1985 with the voice controlled console costing either $2,500,[5] or $2,100[6] and the non-voice enabled console costing $1,800.[6] Though the produced consoles were never sold at retail, up to ten Halcyon consoles exist from kits sent to investors.[5][7] RDI projected their own first year sales to be 25,000 units sold,[8] 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.[9]

The Halcyon could interpret 200 words.[2]

Released games[edit | edit source]

External Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Allison, Fraser; Carter, Marcus; Gibbs, Martin (March 2020). "Word Play: A History of Voice Interaction in Digital Games". Games and Culture 15 (2): 91–113. doi:10.1177/1555412017746305. 
  2. "10 Crazy Things You Never Knew About Dragon's Lair". TheGamer. 2020-04-20. https://www.thegamer.com/crazy-things-never-knew-dragons-lair/. 
  3. "RDI Video Systems" (in en). 2021-04-08. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RDI_Video_Systems. 
  4. a b Rochefort, Simone de (1 March 2018). "More than a machine: The history of Halcyon" (in en). Polygon. https://www.polygon.com/videos/2018/3/1/17063348/halcyon-rare-console-history. Retrieved 28 October 2020. 
  5. a b "After the prototype PlayStation: six more obscure games consoles" (in en). the Guardian. 7 July 2015. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/07/prototype-nintendo-playstation-obscure-games-consoles-snes-cd. 
  6. "MGs Game Take: The True Holy Grails of Video Game Hardware - "The Majors" - Beyond the Mind's Eye - Thoughts & Insights from Marriott_Guy". https://www.rfgeneration.com/blogs/marriott_guy/The-True-Holy-Grails-of-Video-Game-Hardware-The-Majors-1412.php. Retrieved 28 October 2020. 
  7. (in en) Television Digest, with Consumer Electronics. Television Digest, Incorporated. https://www.google.com/books/edition/Television_Digest_with_Consumer_Electron/kWk9AQAAIAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&bsq=RDI+Halcyon&dq=RDI+Halcyon&printsec=frontcover. Retrieved 3 December 2020. 
  8. "Home Page". https://www.videogameconsolelibrary.com/pg80-rdi.htm#page=specs. Retrieved 28 October 2020. 
  9. a b "Halcyon (console)" (in en). 6 March 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halcyon_(console).