Nuon (DVD technology)
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Developer VM Labs
Manufacturer Motorola, Samsung, Toshiba
Type Video game console
Generation Sixth generation
Release date Late 2000
Nuon was a technology developed by VM Labs that adds features to a DVD player. In addition to viewing DVDs, one can play 3D video games and use enhanced DVD navigational tools such as zoom and smooth scanning of DVD playback. One could also play CDs while the Nuon graphics processor generates synchronized graphics on the screen. There were plans to provide Internet access capability in the next generation of Nuon-equipped DVD players.
1 Nuon as DVD format
2 Nuon as gaming platform
3 Hardware models
4 Peripherals and accessories
5 Sale to Genesis Microchip
6 Released movies
7 Unreleased movies
8 Released games
9 Unreleased games
10 Collections and samplers
11 Homebrew development
11.1 Homebrew releases
13 External links
Nuon as DVD format
The Nuon platform was primarily marketed as an expanded DVD format. A large majority of Nuon players that were sold in fact resembled typical consumer DVD players with the only noticeable difference being a Nuon logo. Nuon players offered a number of features that were not available on other DVD players when playing standard DVD-formatted titles. These included very smooth forward and reverse functionality and the ability to smoothly zoom in and out of sections of the video image. In addition, Nuon provided a software platform to DVD authors to provide interactive software like features to their titles.
Nuon as gaming platform
Nuon originally started off as “Project X,” and was featured in Electronic Gaming Monthly’s 1999 Video Game Buyer’s Guide. One of the Nuon’s main software developers was Jeff Minter, who created a version of Tempest entitled Tempest 3000 for the system, and the built-in VLM-2 audio visualizer.
A Nuon DVD player made by Samsung
In North America, Nuon was used in the Samsung DVD-N501 and DVD-N2000 models, they also released several models in other parts of the world: DVD-N504 (Europe), DVD N505 (Europe), and DVD-N591 (Korea); a Toshiba SD-2300 DVD player; and two RCA models, the DRC300N and DRC480N. The Nuon was also used in Motorola’s Streamaster 5000 “Digital DNA” set-top box. However the format has appeared to have died off. As of November 2004, there are no Nuon-enabled DVD players shipping and no new Nuon software titles.
Peripherals and accessories
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Peripherals for Nuon-enhanced DVD players included the following:
AirPlay wireless controller
Warrior Digital-D pad
controller extension cable
port replicator to move the Nuon ports to anywhere desired
Sale to Genesis Microchip
NUON was created by VM Labs whose assets were sold to Genesis Microchip in April 2002.
Only four DVD releases utilized NUON technology:
Planet of the Apes
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
Dr. Dolittle 2
Eight games were released for the NUON:
Freefall 3050 A.D.
Space Invaders X.L.
Iron Soldier 3 (later recalled due to incompatibility with some players)
Ballistic (only available with Samsung players)
The Next Tetris (only available with Toshiba players)
Crayon Shin Chan 3 (Korean-only release)
Atari’s Greatest Hits
Battleship: Surface Thunder
Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp
The Game of Life
Hoyle Card Games
Madden NFL Football
Need For Speed II
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure
RC de Go!
Shanghai: Mahjongg Essentials
Star Trek: Invasion
Tiger Woods PGA Golf
Wheel of Fortune
Collections and samplers
Interactive Sampler (three different versions)
NUON Games + Demos (collection from NUON-Dome)
NUON-Dome PhillyClassic 5 Demo Disc (giveaway collection)
During late 2001, VM Labs released a homebrew SDK which allowed people to be able to program apps/games for their NUON system. Only the Samsung DVD-N501/DVDN504/DVDN505 and RCA DRC300N/DRC480N can load homebrew games. The Samsung DVDN-2000 and the Toshiba cannot. The RCA DRC300N and RCA DRC480N cannot play commercial NUON games..
Several homebrew titles have been created for or ported to NUON. They are not commercially available and require the user to burn the material to a NUON-compatible CD-R.
Atari / C64 Video Game Music Player
Atari 800 Emulator
Atari 2600 PacMan (hacked version of VLM’s Chomp)
Chomp (sample game included with the second NUON SDK)
Decaying Orbit (port of the Yaroze game)
Doom (port of the shareware edition)
PacMan – Tournament Edition (hacked version of VLM’s Chomp)
SameGame – Colors
SameGame – Shapes
Sheshell’s Sea Adventure
Yaroze Classics (features Katapila, Invs & BreakDown)
Jump up ^ “Genesis Microchip to buy assets of bankrupted DVD chip supplier”. Eetimes.com. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
http://www.vmlabs.de/ NUON Alumni Page
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