Philips CD-i emulators

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Philips CD-i
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Developer Philips, Sony, Magnavox
Type Home video game console
Generation Fourth generation
Release date 1991
Discontinued 1998
Predecessor Philips Videopac + G7400
Emulated ~
The Compact Disc Interactive (CD-i), is an interactive multimedia CD player and format developed and marketed by Philips in 1991/1992. Notably, it featured intellectual properties from Nintendo, such as Mario and Zelda, due to previously having tried to develop a CD add-on for the SNES. Their takes on Nintendo intellectual property were so infamously terrible that you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't think of them when you mention the CD-i. However, there were a few cult classic games for the system.

Emulators[edit]

Name Operating System(s) Latest Version Active Accuracy Libretro Core Recommended
MAME Multi-platform 0.203 Mid
TinyCDi Windows 28-10-09 Mid
CD-i Emulator Windows 0.5.3 beta 4 (Patched) Mid
CD-iCE Windows, Linux 20-08-01 Low

Comparisons[edit]

MAME
Has incomplete support but is much easier to control, and it actually emulates better audio than Cdiemu in some cases. It is recommended to start the emulation with the game already loaded, either with the game picker or through a soft reset after mounting the disk.
TinyCDi
This is a 'Tiny' MAME build containing the CDi code from MESS as it is on 28th October 2009 using a fixed game list like MAME. Works better than the last official MAME builds with some games (for example Zelda's Adventure).
CD-i Emulator
A payware emulator. Was presumed inactive but got a new beta release in 2018, seven years after the last release. Used to only have mouse movements for control, now has preliminary keyboard support. However, the keyboard control isn't great in some games.
CD-iCE
One of the first made CD-i emulators. It doesn't need a BIOS and can only play Rise of the Robots as that's what it was solely developed for.