by Dark Watcher
In 1995 Atari finally wised up and created a CD-ROM add on to tap the 700+ megabit CD format. The Jaguar CD retailed for $150,
and came equipped with a double speed CD-ROM capable of running Jaguar games, Audio CDs and CD+Gs. Games could run full motion
video at 24 frames per second. The Jaguar CD also featured a built in Virtual Light Machine (color and visual effects that react
to the music and sounds). The add-on connected to the Jaguar through the cartridge slot, but had its own pass through slot so
Jaguar carts could still be played. The package also included the Tempest 2000 soundtrack audio disc, a sampler for the CD game
"MYST" and two CD-ROM games: "Vid Grid" and "Blue Lightning".
The Jaguar CD was a an impressive deal, but it came too late. Interest was growing with the 32-bit CD based Sony and Sega consoles. The Jaguar CD saw only 16 total CD titles. Atari seeing a need to regain interest due to failing sales began spreading news of a Jaguar II. In 1996 however Atari Corp entered a reverse merger with a company called JTS. All Jaguar products became liquidated and the Jaguar became a fond memory.