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B > BINATONE > TV Master MK 10 (model n° 01 / 4834)   

TV Master MK 10 (model n° 01 / 4834)

This pong is one of the many Binatone systems. As its name indicates, it offers 10 games : 8 pong games (basket 1, basket 2, gridball, squash 1, squash 2, football, tennis, ice hockey) and 2 shooting games (target 1, target 2). It is the most complete of the Binatone TV Master serie (black & white pongs).

In order to understand how this system fits into the Binatone pong range, here is simplified list of the systems :

TV Master MK IV
TV Master 4 plus 2
TV Master MK 6
TV Master MK 8
TV Master MK 10

Colour TV Game
Colour TV Game 4 plus 2
Colour TV Game MK 6
Colour TV Game MK 10

The TV master serie are black & white pongs (first generation). The TV Master MK 10 system is the same as the Colour TV Game MK 10 except that games are in black & white, while the Colour TV game displays colour games.

Game selection is made through 10 individual push buttons. The two detachable controllers are composed of an analog joystick and a fire button. The shape of the plastic case is different from the Binatone Colour TV Game MK 10, which is to be noted as the Colour TV game systems usually use the same one as their TV Master counterparts.

Interestingly enough, both shooting games are not played with a light gun but directly with the analog joysticks.

This system seems to be powered by a General Instruments AY-3-8610 chipset, which equiped a lot of other pong systems (anyone can confirm ?).

NAME  TV Master MK 10 (model n° 01 / 4834)
ORIGIN  United Kingdom
YEAR  ? 1977
BUILT IN GAMES  10 games : target 1, target 2, basket 1, basket 2, gridball, squash 1, squash 2, football, tennis, ice hockey
CONTROLLERS  Two detachable paddles with analog joystick and fire button
CPU  General Instruments AY-3-8610 ?
BUTTONS  Start, Manual serve, game selection
SWITCHES  power on/off, speed slow/fast, player 1 bat size (large/small), player 2 bat size (large/small), service auto/manual
SCORE  On screen & on plastic case
SOUND  Minimalist beeps via the TV speakers or built-in speakers ?
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  RF TV video output, 2 x controller plugs
BATTERIES  6 x 1.5v HP-2 batteries
POWER SUPPLY  External power supply unit, 9V DC @ 150mA
PRICE  Unknown

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