The CD-i, or Compact Disc Interactive, is a multimedia platform that was released in 1991 by Philips, a Dutch technology company. It was designed to be a home entertainment system that could play interactive games, educational software, music CDs, and video content.
The CD-i used a CD-ROM drive to read and play games and other media, and it featured a unique controller that included a cursor pad and a numeric keypad. It also had some innovative features for its time, such as the ability to play full-motion video and digital audio.
The CD-i had a relatively small library of games and was not widely adopted by consumers. It faced stiff competition from other consoles, such as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis, which were more focused on gaming and had more popular games.
Despite its limited success, the CD-i had some notable games and franchises, such as the Zelda games Wand of Gamelon and Link: The Faces of Evil, which are now regarded as cult classics. The CD-i was discontinued in 1998, and Philips shifted its focus to other products and technologies.