Vectrex - a game console by General Consumer Electric




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Vectrex (VECT)

Vectrex & mdash; 8-bit video game console developed by General Consumer Electric (GCE), later purchased by Milton Bradley Company. 'Vectrex' unique in that it is the only gaming system that uses a vector graphics monitor; no other system, either before or after, has used this configuration. 'Vectrex' sold to consumers since 1982 for $ 199; sales of the device ceased in 1984, during a downturn in the game console market.

Unlike most other game consoles that connect to a consumer TV for bitmap transmission (i.e. game consoles), Vectrex; had its own built-in monitor displaying vector graphics. The monitor was monochrome, but a translucent colored film was superimposed on the screen, different for each game, which gave the illusion of color, and also reduced the effect of image flickering inherent in vector monitors.

One game was built into the system & mdash; 'MineStorm' (similar to the arcade game Asteroids), other games came with cartridges.

Specifications:

  • Processor: Motorola 68A09 at 1.6 MHz
  • Memory: ROM & mdash; 8 KB, RAM & mdash; 1 KB
  • Sound: General Instruments AY-3-8912, built-in speaker
  • Monitor: monochrome Samsung 240RB40
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