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Retro 3DO Consoles

The 3DO games consoles originally came to market in 1993 and were plugged to be the next generation of CD based entertainment systems. The 3DO Company was formed by the EA founder Trip Hawkins who wanted to develop the next generation console and bring it to market, but unlike their competitors, the 3DO would be manufactured by various partners and licensees. 3DO would then collect a royalty on each console sold and on each game manufactured. Game publishers would also receive the much lower royalty fee of $3 per game, in comparison to the royalties paid to Nintendo and Sega when making games for their consoles.

However despite the benefits to developers over licencing, the late finalisation of hardware specifications left many developers on the back foot and the 3DO launched with a very limited catalogue of games. This was also coupled with an extremely high cost to the consumer for the console itself, around $699, which was much higher that competitiors hardware. The huge cost was due to the 3DO consoles being manaufactured by partner companies and ultimately price drops that sold the console at a lost, coupled with poor sales, saw the demise of the 3DO platform and the 3DO Company.

3DO Games Consoles

We now stock the Panasonic FZ-1 R·E·A·L 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, the first 3DO console released, along with the first hardware revision, the Panasonic FZ-10 R·E·A·L 3DO Interactive Multiplayer.

The 3DO consoles are region free, so will are able to play games from any region and not feature any form of bios or hardware copyright protection, allowing the play of clones of your games to aid preserve your originals.