What is a Timekeeper?
The Timekeeper is the CD-i NVRAM chip. It will keep the settings, time and date of your player and the saved games (storage). Hidden inside the chip, a little lithium battery is placed with a longevity up to 10 years or more if the player is stocked in optimal conditions (temperature, humidity).
This is not the place where they are stored, this it just the mechanism to keep them recorded, just like a lithium battery keep the BIOS setup in a computer.
At The World of CD-i, each team member knows exactly what to do.
We are in constant contact each other, to define new projects and areas to work on.
That is why we proudly announce 2 new official team members for his respective target.
CD-i Fan, the Emulator creator.
He will exclusively work on the Title Development section, under the Open-Source project, and of course continue with BurnCycle (emulator tester) to make a better experience of his Emulator.
Alan_CDiZone the biggest CD-i lover I ever know!
He will provide some experience of his incredibly huge collection and other material to the site database.
He is the man behind the now sadly closed Philips CD-i Zone Facebook page. He is a very busy man, but he will for sure answer you as soon as possible.
The World of CD-i website is in constant updates.
We are always adding information like new titles, covers, screenshots, videos, etc…
Our website members are a great value for us, this is why we encourage you to register, this way you’ll be able to add yourself new stuff. We always add credits to our contributors!
The latest titles additions are:
NFL – The Ultimate Football Collection – Triple Pack
A National Parks Tour (credits: Arethius_Rgc)
ADI Klasse 1+2 – Mathe
n-tv 1995 – Gut zu Wissen
The Human Body (credits: Marco Parisio Java)
The latest covers additions are:
Asterix® – Caesar’s Challenge (credits: Marco Parisio Java – Italian covers)
Burn Cycle (credits: Marco Parisio Java – Italian covers)
Do you remember the 60’s? (credits: Marco Parisio Java)
GO (credits: Marco Parisio Java – Italian covers)
NFL – Hall of Fame Football
Super Test (credits: Marco Parisio Java)
Rhythm Maker (credits: Arethius_Rgc)
A Special Thanks to our contributors Arethius_Rgc, Marco Parisio Java, Bas and Thorsbabelis!
More is coming… 😉
Emulation is the term used when you want to make something work from a specific system, using something that is not the original platform.
In our case, play a CD-i title without the need of any dedicated player.
This quest isn’t new. Back to the early days of the interactive system development, Philips tried many ways to emulate CD-i titles to make it easier to develop new titles.
Find out all the different ways to emulate a CD-i title using a software.
Some of them are abandoned by their creator, others are still under development.
Let’s make a short resume of what happened.
Philips accused Nintendo for violate at least 2 patents from 1996, used on Nintendo’s gaming next generation consoles.
Philips filed a suit against Nintendo back in 2012 in the UK and Germany, then in 2013 in France and finally in the USA in 2014.
The 1st patent said to be infringed describes a virtual body control device that models a user’s body in a virtual environment and lets an animated version of the body follow physical movements of the user.
The 2nd patent describes a user interface system based on a pointing device that lets users give commands to another device by moving it in a particular way.
Philips sent a warning to Nintendo about the 1st patent violation back in 2011, but the Japanese company never tried to get the rights of it, and then with the Wii U, the 2nd patent got also violated.
With this lawsuit, Philips wanted to stop importations and sells of the Nintendo consoles in the 4 countries and get compensation for damages.
In 20th of June of 2014 the Judge Colin Birss from UK patents tribunal ruled the violation of the patents 498 and 650 under the following consoles and systems:
Nintendo Wii, Wii Mini, Wii U and accessories Wii Remote, Wii Motion Plus controllers, Nunchuk, Balance Board and GamePad.
In December of the same year Philips confirmed a settlement with Nintendo that involves a cross-licensing agreement that spans the patent portfolios of both companies. The other terms and all financial details were withheld.
“We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with Nintendo,” said Brain Hinman, chief IPO officer at Philips. “It demonstrates that both companies recognize the importance of intellectual property rights. It also shows the value of our extensive IP portfolio and our commitment to protect our significant investments in research and development.”
This is clear proof of a possible development of a possible CD-i 2 or similar system back in 1996 but unfortunatly, never made.
A definitive proof of being far ahead is time…