Visteon Dockable Entertainment

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Dockable Entertainment featuring Game Boy Advance
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ManufacturerVisteon
TypeVideo game console
GenerationSixth generation
Lifespan
  • NA: July 2006
MediaCartridge, DVD, CD
CPUARM7TDMI, 16.78 MHz
GraphicsCustom 2D core
Controller input

The Visteon Dockable Entertainment System (officially referred to as Dockable Entertainment featuring Game Boy Advance) is a portable DVD player created by Visteon in 2006 for the US market at an MSRP of $1299 USD.[1] The player is notable for containing officially licensed Game Boy Advance hardware, as Visteon partnered with Nintendo to announce the product at CES 2006.[2] Initially due out in April, the product was then delayed to May before finally launching in July of that year.[3][4][5] To celebrate the product's launch Visteon held a photography and writing contest.[6]

The device was not sold at general retailers, but rather at car dealerships in combination with a roof docking head mount for installation, or already equipped in select models of certain vehicles.[7]

On April 1, 2008 Visteon introduced a model mounted into headrests for $1699.[8][9] Later that year the company expressed interest in creating similar products for the Nintendo DS and Wii platforms, though neither materialized.[10]

Hardware specifications[edit]

The most common roof-mountable version is based on the Visteon XV101 portable DVD player, and shares specifications in all aspects except those regarding Game Boy Advance compatibility.

  • 10.2" Flip Down LCD Display
  • 6-Pin Auxiliary Port
  • Infrared Port
  • DVD Drive
  • Game Boy Advance Cartridge Slot

Alongside this, the player came with a wireless game controller (a modified Sky Active gamepad), a set of wireless headphones, a remote control, and compatibility with MP3 and WMA CD files.[11]

Unique to the headrest model was a 7" TFT LCD screen, backlit DVD controls plus an additional remote, headphone and game controller.[8]

Neither version of the hardware was backwards compatible with Game Boy or Game Boy Color games.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview with Mark Boyle". YouTube.
  2. ^ "CES: Visteon's dockable entertainment featuring GBA". Joystiq.
  3. ^ "CES: Nintendo puts Game Boy in autos with Visteon". Macworld. 2006-01-05.
  4. ^ "Dockable DVD player with GBA drops in May". Engadget.
  5. ^ "Impressions: Visteon GBA/DVD Player". Joystiq.
  6. ^ "Visteon Running Contest to Promote Dockable Game Boy System". WritersWrite.
  7. ^ "Visteon's dockable multimedia player, GBA system still kickin'". Gamertell.
  8. ^ a b "Visteon Headrest Entertainment System". Ubergizmo.
  9. ^ "The GBA lives inside car headrests". Siliconera.
  10. ^ "Gamertell Exclusive: Visteon looking into DS, Wii versions of Dockable Entertainment system". Technologytell.
  11. ^ "Dockable Entertainment featuring Game Boy Advance Sheet" (PDF). Visteon.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 13, 2006.
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_nHY_I80Hk

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