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Universal Game Computer

What a rare system ! The Universal Game Computer is a very obscure italian console surely released in the early 80's by Cabel, an italian company.

It is software compatible with the Interton VC-4000 and "clones". This doesn't mean that it can use the Interton cartridges, as they won't fit, but the internal specs and software are the same. The CPU is the 2650A from Signetics and the Video Controller is the 2636 from Signetics as well. About 40 cartridges has been released for the Interton VC-4000, but we can't exactly tell how many were available for the Universal Game Computer, nor if exclusive games were developped for it... For now we have a list of 23 titles advertised for this console.

Like with all the systems of this "Interton family", there are two joysticks and two keypads with 12 buttons. But whereas all other consoles of this family have both mixed into a unique controller, the Universal Game Computer Controllers has two weird joysticks (egg shaped), plus two separate keypads ! These were designed to be used with informative plastic overlays delivered with each games, showing the functions of each key.

The control panel is composed of an ON/OFF switch and 3 buttons (SELECT, RESET & START). The plastic case design is original and doesn't seem to be stolen from any other known system...

We need more info about this console ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.

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NAME  Universal Game Computer
MANUFACTURER  Cabel
ORIGIN  Italy
YEAR  198?
BUILT IN SOFTWARE / GAMES  None
CONTROLLERS  2 joysticks with one fire button each + two 12 buttons keypads
CPU  Signetics 2650A or equivalent
CO-PROCESSOR  Signetics 2636 (PVI - Programable Video Unit)
RAM  Unknown
GRAPHIC MODES  Unknown
COLORS  Yes
SOUND  1 channel beeper
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  Cartridge slot, TV output, controllers connectors
MEDIA  Cartridges
NUMBER OF GAMES  At least 23
POWER SUPPLY  Power supply built-in (220v)
PRICE  Unknown


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