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Q multimedia console

The Panasonic Q multimedia console is at heart a Nintendo Gamecube with the ability to play DVDs, as well as several other features. It is licensed by Nintendo and was released in December 2001. The other consoles of this generation are the Sony Playstation 2 and the Microsoft XBox. Both of these have DVD capability, although the Q's DVD quality is greater than the other consoles. The Q was first listed as $439 US, but modified versions that allow users to play DVDs from all regions was listed $499 US.

Panasonic Q

Nintendo's uncharacteristic decision to license the gaming technology to Panasonic is a result of the deal brokered between Matsushita (more commonly known in the west via the Panasonic brand) and Nintendo. When Nintendo signed Matsushita as the producer of the optical disc drives that powers the Gamecube, an agreement was struck allowing Matsushita to produce a DVD system with the capability to play Gamecube games.

The various other perks to the Q include: Backlit LCD Display, Front-loading slot disk tray, Optical sound output supporting Dolby Digital 5.1, separate subwoofer jack, and a stainless steel chassis

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and Panasonic ceased production of the Q in December 2003