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Milton Bradley

Vectrex is one of the most inspired video game machines ever produced. Its point of distinction is the fact that it uses vector "line" graphics (as opposed to raster "pixel" graphics). This is the same type of screen used in such arcade classics as Space Wars, Asteroids, Battlezone and Tempest.

The machine has a 9 x 11 inch black and white screen and comes with a built-in Asteroids clone called Minestorm. The games come with plastic overlays that slide over the screen to cut down on flicker and give some illusion of color.

It uses an 8 bit processor, the 68A09 (6809 with 1.5MHz clock speed), and a popular (at that time) sound chip, General Instruments AY-3-8912, which can produce a wide range of noises. Also included is a 1.5 inch, self-centering, joystick with 4 buttons on the right. It uses an analog/potentiometer system allowing differing degrees of directional input.


Source : Vectrex FAQ

NAME  Vectrex
MANUFACTURER  Milton Bradley
YEAR  June 1982
END OF PRODUCTION  December 1984
BUILT IN SOFTWARE / GAMES  Mine Storm (built-in the system)
CONTROLLERS  One built-in controller (joystick + 4 buttons). Second controller optional.
CPU  Motorola 68A09
SPEED  1.6 MHz
RAM  1K x 4-BIT 2114 (two)
ROM  8K x 8-BIT 2363
GRAPHIC MODES  vector graphics (built-in 9'' Samsung B&W vector deflection monitor)
COLORS  Black & white (colors simulated by plastic screen overlays)
SOUND  General Instrument AY-3-8912
SIZE / WEIGHT  9¾ x 11½ x 14½ inches / 15 pounds
I/O PORTS  2 controller connectors
MEDIA  Cartridges
NUMBER OF GAMES  More than 30 games
POWER SUPPLY  Power supply built-in the system
PERIPHERALS  Second controller, light pen, 3D imager
PRICE  $199 (November 1982, USA)

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