I have read that Coleco was working on or planning on coming out with either a Laserdisc expansion module or the less reliable and cheaper RCA Video-disc system as an Expansion module. This would be used to play videogames like Dragon’s Lair with the exact same picture and sound quality as the original arcade version. This expansion module most likely would have been an expansion module for the ADAM computer system that used either a RS-232 port or a special ADAMNet interface box (Plus families would have been able to watch movies for entertainment, and not just the ability to play videogames). However, some articles I have read claim that Coleco was looking at the cheaper and less reliable RCA Video disc system instead of the Pioneer Laserdisc system. This would have been a mistake for two reasons. The first reasons is, Dragon’s Lair came out in 1983 on a 12 inch optical disc that was exclusively released in the arcade and later on Dragon’s Lair 2, Space Ace and others were Laserdisc based games. If Coleco would have went with the Laserdisc option, the existing Laserdisc games could have been easily reproduced in existing million dollar Laserdisc factories. It would have cost money to port games like Dragon’s Lair over to RCA’s Video Disc system that used a needle and groove like a record. The second mistake, is if Coleco would have been successful with the ADAM computer the RCA Video-disc system was a format that went out of production in 1986 since the Pioneer Laserdisc format won the format war for disc based movies. From 1978 to the year 2000 the Laserdisc format existed in North America. When the DVD format came out in 1997 the Laserdisc format died in the USA 3 years later around the year 2000, and Pioneer stopped making Laserdisc players in 2009.
It’s very hard to predict the future, however looking back at history, most the time Coleco was going the cheapest route when it came to new technologies. While it’s great to offer low cost videogame and computer products for the consumer, the problem is going the cheapest route sometimes results in quality control issues and tape, disk, and other media that will become obsolete in the near future.
In the Arcade the Laserdisc games were always NTSC standard definition quality. Digital Leisure has performed a master scan of the original film source, and they have created a 1080P quality version of Dragon’s Lair, Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp, and Space Ace on the Blu-ray format that is much better quality then the original arcade versions.
Edited by HDTV1080P, Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:11 PM.