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Videopac G7000

Magnavox (which merged with Philips in 1974) released the Odyssey² in 1978 to compete with brand new cartridge based video game systems like the Atari VCS, RCA Studio II or Fair-Child Electronics Channel-F.

The Videopac G7000 is the european version of the Magnavox Odyssey². It was sold by Philips and was only available in Europe. Other brands (related to Philips) sold the same system in Europe too : Radiola JET 25, Schneider G7000, Siera G7000 and Philips C52 (only available in France).

The system is powered by an Intel 8048 microcontroller and a Video Display Controller (VDC) generating all audio & video. This VDC, which is a custom Intel IC, can generate 4 different types of graphic objects: a background grid, single characters, quad characters (made of 4 single characters) and sprites. A maximum of 4 independent sprites can be displayed. There are monochrome and of 8 x 8 pixels in size. Of course the VDC can detect sprite collisions.

The G7000 has 64 pre-defined characters (letters and graphic symbols) in memory. Up to 12 foreground characters can be displayed from this internal character set. Many games (especially early ones) used a lot those pre-defined characters: man walking, right arrow, slopes, tree, ships, plane and a ball.

The flat membrane keyboard of the G7000 was a major selling point. It was meant to be used for game selection, educational games, programming, entering its name for hi-scores,etc. Apart from the game selection, it was hardly used.

The Philips G7000 also provided assembly programming via the purchase of a program card although the actual input of your own code was rather long-winded and often ended in a complete reset being required...

Though not as popular as the Atari VCS, or later Mattel Intellivision in the USA, the Videopac systems did very well in Europe where it was marketed by several different brands (Philips, Radiola, Schneider, Brandt, Siera, etc.). An enhanced system with high resolution background graphics was released a bit later as the Philips G7400.

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pdillon82@yahoo.com G7000 for sale with lots games

          
Sunday 7th October 2012
paul (ireland)

Have G7000 with lots games for sale e-mail myself.Paul

          
Sunday 7th October 2012
Paul (Ireland)

The Philips G7000 also provided assembly programming via the purchase of a program card although the actual input of your own code was rather long-winded and often ended in a complete reset being required.

It came complete with two extremely hard-wearing (self centring) joysticks.

I owned one of the first ones and loved it for its excellent defender and asteroids gamepacks.
The game $ion was very limited, but the prices were reasonable and the unit itself was reliable.
Audio was via the television speaker not an internal speaker.

          
Saturday 22nd November 2008
Andy MacLarty (UK)

 

NAME  Videopac G7000
MANUFACTURER  Philips
ORIGIN  Europe
YEAR  1979
BUILT IN SOFTWARE / GAMES  None
CONTROLLERS  Two 8-directions self-centered joysticks with fire button
CPU  Intel 8048 microcontroller
SPEED  1.79 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  Video Display Controller (VDC): Custom Intel IC generating all audio & video
RAM  64 bytes (8048 internal RAM) + 128 bytes
ROM  1 KB (system BIOS)
GRAPHIC MODES  154 x 100
COLORS  12
SOUND  Beeper
I/O PORTS  Cartridge slot
MEDIA  Cartridges
NUMBER OF GAMES  More than 60 cartridges
POWER SUPPLY  External power supply
PRICE  140


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