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Fast facts on the Interactor
Manufacturer: Aura Systems
Made for: Sega Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, PlayStation
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$89.95[1] ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£69.99[3]
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



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The Interactor is a wearable Sega Mega Drive (and Super Nintendo) accessory released by Aura Systems in 1994. It was advertised as being a virtual reality device, in which the player would be able to "feel" actions in games (e.g. if punched, the player would be given a physical bump), a form of haptic feedback.

In reality the Interactor is a glorified set of stereo speakers, compatible with any device with a standard headphone output (though specific cables were offered for easier use with the two aforementioned consoles). It uses sound to create pulses near the user's chest or back - it has no way of discerning what happens on screen.

Promotional material

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  • EGM² (US) #2: "August 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[4]
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  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #65: "December 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[5]
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  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #77: "December 1995" (1995-xx-xx)[6]
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Gamestar (AU) #5: "October 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
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  • Hyper (AU) #14: "January 1995" (199x-xx-xx)[7]
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Hyper (AU) #87: "January 2001" (2000-11-22)
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Physical scans

Mega Drive, US
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Cover
Mega Drive, UK
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Cover

References

  1. File:GamePro US 057.pdf, page 90
  2. File:EGM2 US 01.pdf, page 45
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:CVG UK 178.pdf, page 9
  4. File:EGM2 US 02.pdf, page 41
  5. File:EGM US 065.pdf, page 386
  6. File:EGM US 077.pdf, page 248
  7. File:Hyper AU 014.pdf, page 99


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