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Telstar Alpha - Model #6030

After the release of the Telstar (the first "dedicated-chip" pong system) in 1976 which was a big success, Coleco conceived a whole range of pongs for release at Christmas 1977. The Telstar Alpha is one of the simplest system of the range. It offers only four games and has built-in controllers. That's cool if you want to play 2 players games alone ! The only difference between the original Telstar and the alpha is that there is one more game on the Alpha (Jai-Alai).

There's a 3 positions switch that controls difficulty (BEGINNER : slow ball, big paddles / INTERMEDIATE : slow ball, small paddles / PRO : fast ball, big paddles). If this is common to the first Telstars, this is quite different from most of the other pong systems which offer individual settings.

NAME  Telstar Alpha - Model #6030
YEAR  1977
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  1 - Tennis (2 players)
2 - Hockey (2 players)
3 - Handball (1 players)
4 - Jai-Alai (2 player)
KEYBOARD  2 paddles built-in the console
CPU  GI AY-3-8500
SPEED  Reset
CO-PROCESSOR  ON/OFF, Difficulty Beginner/Intermediate/Pro
RAM  On screen
COLORS  Black & white
SOUND  Built-in beeper, 3 different sounds
I/O PORTS  TV RF video output
OS  6

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