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Sony, Nintendo pact on player

Sony Corp. has signed a deal in Tokyo to develop a CD-ROM player with Nintendo Co. Ltd.

The move comes a year after the two had agreed to manufacture the hardware, but the effort was delayed when Nintendo quickly made similar plans with Philips Electronics N.V. Instead, Sony has been producing CD titles compatible with Nintendo’s archrival, Sega Enterprises Ltd.

Sony said it would wait until Nintendo developed the specifications on its hardware before it made a decision to manufacture players with Nintendo.

Sony, though, is already a title developer for Nintendo for its cartridge-based Super NES player. The new deal, according to Nintendo, will combine a CD-ROM player based on the XA standard, with its Super NES system. CD-ROM XA is a hybrid compact disc, developed by Sony and Philips, that interleaves audio, text and graphics for quicker access by the player. The titles developed for Nintendo then would play on Sony’s own XA-based players.

Higher quality images

The use of a CD, versus a cartridge, means that more video games will have higher quality images, including digitized film footage and live action, where sequences are scanned by computers and turned into computer language.

The announcement comes just days before Sega unveils titles for its CD player. Already, Sony has created a game from its Columbia film, “Dracula: Love Never Dies,” using footage, plus “Sewer Shark,” which has live action, and a beefed up version of “Hook,” with added footage and CD sound.

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