R-Zone

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Developer Tiger Electronics
Type Handheld game console
Generation Fifth generation
Release date 1995
Discontinued 1997
Predecessor Tiger LCD handhelds
Successor Game.com
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The R-Zone is a handheld, head-worn console released by Tiger Electronics in February 1995. The original console is basically a Tiger LCD handheld featuring a fake VR gimmick by projecting the image (using a red color scheme, similar to the Virtual Boy) onto a piece of plastic in front of the player's eye. It was panned by critics and was a commercial disaster, but it marked Tiger's first multi-game entry into the portable electronic game market.

Three additional versions of the R-Zone were subsequently released: the R-Zone SuperScreen, the XPG (Xtreme Pocket Game), and the DataZone, which all ditch the head-strap VR gimmick and play like basic handheld consoles.

Emulators

Name Platform(s) Latest Version FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
MAME Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD Web Web (Indy 500)
git artifacts[N 1]
0.262
libretro core[N 2]
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  1. CI-Windows CI-Linux CI-Macos
  2. As 0.251, 0.139 (2010), 0.78 (2003), 0.37b5 (2000)