The Jaguar CD had a
Atari had always been adamant that CD based consoles (such as the rival 3DO) were
too expensive and it was steering clear until CD systems were what the consumer wanted.
Alas, CD based consoles were the future and Atari released it's Philips made 790Mb add-on drive for the Jaguar.
Rumours surfaced before it's launch, that a possible texture-mapping
chip may also be added to increase the consoles power, but this wasn't
The drive came with a number of software titles
and demos, including the Jeff Minter designed Virtual Light Machine
unit sat on-top of the Jaguar, and cartridges were connected through
the drive when attached.
initially ordered 50,000 Jaguar CD units from
Philips, it is very likely that less than half
this number were ever produced. Atari and Philips would soon fall out
over manufacturing problems due to high MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure)
rates of the CD unit.