The VC 4000 is an early 8-bit cartridge-based game console released in Germany in 1978 by Interton. The console is quite obscure outside Germany, but many software compatible systems can be found in many European countries (see 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System). It's unclear if Interton really made the VC 4000 from scratch or if they bought the rights and the design to produce it, as many other brands produced similar systems the following years.
The VC-4000 and is powered by a Signetics 2650A CPU (same as the Arcadia 2001) and a Signetics 2636 Video Controller. The two controllers are composed of a 12-key keypad, 2 fire buttons and an analog joystick. On the control panel of the system, one can find an on/off switch and three buttons: RESET, SELECT and START.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VC_4000
The 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System is a video game console released by European company Radofin in 1976. It is part of a group of software-compatible consoles which include the Interton VC-4000 and the Voltmace Database. The 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System included its power pack inside the console instead of an exterior power pack.CPU:
8-bit Signetics 2650AI at 4.43 MHzVideo:
Audiovisual co-processor (video chipset, I/O Processor): Signetics 2636N at 3.58 MHz, addressing 32Kb of memory in 8Kb banks. This chipset was less powerful than the later model Signetics 2637N used in the Arcadia 2001.Data Memory:
1 Score line displaying 4 BCD digits. Background consisting of a series of alternating linesSprites:
4 single colour sprites (1 can be 8 colours)Misc: Power Supply:
Input 250V, 50 Hz; Output 9.5V, 0.4A & 15V, 0.11A
The early games cartridges used a 2 K.Byte ROM, later ones, such as Activision branded ones, up to 8 K.Bytes
Very basic arcade machine sound.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1292_Advan ... deo_System
Is there anyone here who owns one of these early consoles?