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TV8 Sports

This is a real funky french pong system! It is orange and very round in shape. It doesn't look like any other pong system ! Its two round paddles are also quite unsual. They are identical to those of the OC5000 sytem.

This system includes the AY-3-8610 chipset from General Instruments. That explains why there are joysticks instead of simple sliders, since with this chip, you can move your paddle horizontally and vertically (whereas with the more comme AY-3-8500, you could only move it vertically).

The system offers 8 games, hence its name (TV8 Sports). The two shooting games of the AY-3-8610 are simply not implemented on this system.

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This was also sold in France by an obscure company called Galaxica. While The Sauft Leclanché was in orange, the Galaxica is in off-white. Also the paddle knobs of the Galaxica are slightly different.
Pictures can be seen on my website.

Friday 8th October 2010
Adrian Scheel (Germany)
Pong Picture-Page

Saft Leclanché was the french pioneer in battery manufacturing. Isn't funny that a battery maker sale a power-hungry and no-external-power-supply PONG system ?

Sunday 10th November 2002
Tempest (France)


NAME  TV8 Sports
MANUFACTURER  Saft Leclanché
ORIGIN  France
YEAR  1978
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Squash, Squash solo, Tennis, Hockey, Football, Basketball, Basket solo, Gridball
KEYBOARD  Two joysticks
CPU  AY-3-8610
SPEED  Serve, Reset
CO-PROCESSOR  Power on/off, Ball speed pro/am, Right paddle size pro/am, Left paddle size pro/am, Service manual/auto
RAM  On screen
COLORS  Black & white
SOUND  Built-in speaker
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  RF TV video output
OS  9v battery cells
PRICE  Unknown

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