History of video games/Platforms/Commodore CDTV


CDTV logotype.

The system was announced in Summer of 1990.[1] At CES 1990 the Commodore 64 Games System overshadowed the Commodore CDTV at the Commodore booth.[2]

The CDTV was launched in 1991[3].

The system was discontinued in 1993.[3] Sales for the CDTV were as low as 30,000 units,[3] with the highest sales figures given is still under 60,000 units.[4] Despite poor sales of the CDTV, Commodore would try again with a similar concept in the Amiga CD32.



The CDTV is based on a Amiga 500 computer equipped with 1 megabyte of RAM.[5]




CDTV stands for "Commodore Dynamic Total Vision",[6][7] rather then the commonly assumed "Compact Disk TeleVision".


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  2. "What games were released for the C64 GS?" (in en). Commodore Format Archive. 2021-01-11. https://commodoreformatarchive.com/new-what-games-were-released-for-the-commodore-64-gs/. 
  3. a b c "Commodore CDTV (1991 - 1993)". Museum of Obsolete Media. 6 May 2020. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  4. Civera, David (January 11, 2013). "21 Consoles And Handhelds That Crashed And Burned" (in en). Tom's Hardware. https://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/611-console-handheld-fail.html. 
  5. Blanchard, Jonn (29 December 2017). "Commodore CDTV". Re-enthused: world of retro. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  6. "Commodore CDTV". oldcomputers.net. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  7. "The Amiga Museum » CDTV". Retrieved 20 September 2021.