AKA 3DO II
At first a 64 bit add-on for 3DO systems, then an independent
videogame system: the history of one of the best system never
The system was initially developed by the same people responsible for the first 3DO system (called Opera). Later 3DO sold the technology to Matsushita and left the hardware market. The Japanese electronic giant worked on the base of that system to produce a better technology called M2. At first this technology was to be sold as a videogame system but Matsushite felt the market was not ready for another videogame system and used the project for their DVD Multimedia systems. I am not really sure but I suspect some high-end Panasonic DVD-players could contain a limited version of this technology. I'll try to know more on the subject!
This is a prototype of the M2 expansion for Panasonic FZ-10 3DO player. It was probably only a mock-up.
THE COMPLETE SYSTEM
Panasonic M2 (Model 1)
Panasonic M2 (Model 2)
Another picture of the system. I wonder if the system was real or only a mock-up...
THE ACTUAL M2 UNIT
The final unit.
This unit is called FZ-21S and was announced by Panasonic (Matsushita group) in June 1998 with a press release that you could read here.
THE FIRST CONSUMER M2 SYSTEM? MAYBE...
This is a prototype DVD player presented recently by Matsushita at a DVD-related show. Basically it is a DVD Video player with built-in M2 technology. The unit is called FZ-35S and was announced in November 1998 with a press release that you could read here.
The best site for people interested in M2. Up-to-date info too!
The official Matsushita site for M2. Not much for gamers anyway...
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