Pioneer TV Video Game Pack SD-G5
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The Pioneer System Component TV 'SEED' (パイオニア システム コンポーネント テレビ 「シード」), known in the United States as the Pioneer SD-25 Expandable TV, and commonly known as the SEED Television, is a hardware-expandable television set developed and manufactured by Pioneer. An acronym for "system expandable", it was first released in Japan in 1983, and later brought to the United States the same year. The device offers a novel expansion system: the bottom of the television set features an expansion bay in which users can insert separate hardware modules to enable different functionalities, like stereo television, karaoke, and even video games. While not an unheard-of idea in home electronics, this method of interchangeable hardware expansions is not normally integrated into the television set itself. By extension, the SD-G5 was among one of the first (and likely the very first) of these expansions to enable the device to interface with video games.
TV Video Game Pack SD-G5
The Pioneer TV Video Game Pack SD-G5 enables compatibility with Sega SG-1000 and Sega SC-3000 game cartridges, allowing respective games to be played by directly inserting them into the front of the television-embedded module. Pioneer also manufactured a version compatible with MSX game cartridges - the Pioneer TV Video Game Pack SD-R5.
As Japan was growing wealthier from the Japanese asset price bubble, so was the average Japanese consumer. With this newfound wealth came a push from the nation's electronics manufacturers in both pioneering technology and lower prices, and soon, the Japanese market for home electronics exploded, both home and abroad. One of these companies, Pioneer, began an internal project seeking to redefine consumer home television as "a unique proposal beyond the framework of television and display."
While innovative, the SD-G5's modern status as an obscure rarity indicates a lukewarm reception, and its high pricing would have significantly limited interest among the average Japanese buyer. Still, it enjoys a reputation as one of the forerunners of expandable home technology, particularly in the field of video games.
The SEED Television and its interchangeable CompoPacks are the direct predecessor to Pioneer's LaserActive platform, which also features exchangeable hardware expansions (now known as PACs), similar internal coding schemes, and was also released exclusively in Japan and the United States.
|Sega SG-1000 Hardware|
|SG-1000 Variations||SG-1000 | SG-1000 II | SC-3000 | SC-5000 | Othello Multivision | Pasocom Gakushuudzukue | SD-G5 | Arcade|
|Add-ons||Super Control Station SF-7000 | 4 Color Plotter Printer | Data Recorder SR-1000 | Sega Keyboard|
|Game Controllers||Joystick (SJ-200) | Joystick (SJ-300) | Joypad (SJ-150) | SJ-151 | Handle Controller | Bike Handle | Sega Graphic Board|
|Misc. Hardware||Card Catcher | Extension Cable Kit (JC-100) | SD-80 | Sega Compact Floppy Disk|
|Unlicensed Clones||Dina 2 in one | Fullwis Video Game FR-II|