Never heard of it? Good. This console is bad – bad, bad, bad, bad, bad. It`s rare though, withÂ estimates at only 11,000 units actually being sold.
Back in the 90`s everyone under the sun wanted to cash in and launch a game console. You had the Philips CD-I, the Panasonic 3DO and the Pioneer LaserActive to name a few.
Tandy decided to throw their hat into the ring and came up with the Video Information System (VIS), kind of a CD-i clone, except worse.
Looking like a VCR, the unit was first only sold by Radio Shack and retailed for $699.00 US. Discs ran from $30.00 – $80.00. It sold poorly. Even ignoring the price, it primarily had educational games – which could also be played on a Windows driven computer. In fact, the only real game was Links (Golf). Software releases were pretty sparse as well.
It was later n from Tandy to a Memorex model in 1993 and marketed via catalog for $300.00 less. Even that couldn`t save the system. It was so bad at the time it cwas oined VIS: Virtually Impossible to Sell.
The hardware was also very underpowered, the VIS ran on a 286 CPU loaded with a special version of Windows 3.1 that was outdated even at the time.
Its only redeeming feature is that it did have a pretty snazzy looking wireless controller.
These things almost never show up, but one is currently listed on eBay. It includes the Tandy system and twenty-eight games, most sealed. Currently it is sitting at $1.50, however there are another eight days to go.
Check out the horrible promo video below. Side note, I just watched the full nine minutes of this with my four year old son. Now he wants a VIS. *sigh*