Released in November 1982 and discontinued in 1984, Vectrex is a vector display-based home video game console. The system was developed by Smith Engineering and manufactured and sold by General Consumer Electronics. Later, it was licensed to Milton Bradley.

  • Initially sold for $199 in the US
  • It is estimated that about 500,000-600,000 units were ever manufactured



  • The system and its vector generator were both designed by Gerry Karr
  • Every official game included a translucent screen overlay
  • The console incorporates a built-in game called "Mine Storm" which is an "Asteroids" clone
  • Came along with a nice 4-button joystick

Hardware Specs

  • Motorola 68A09 CPU running at 1.5 MHz
  • 1 KB RAM (two 4-bit chips)
  • 8 KB ROM (one 8-bit chip)
  • Uses 32KB cartridges -Up to 64K


Colors & Graphic Modes

  • 9-inch cathode ray tube (CRT) Samsung model 240RB40
  • Vector-based graphics
  • 2-colors on screen
  • 256 x 256 vector start/stop points


Sound Capabilities

  • General Instrument AY-3-8912 sound chip
  • Built-in 3-inch paper-cone speaker
  • MCU controlled sound



  • 2 x ports for joysticks on the front
  • A cartridge port on the right


  • Light Pen
  • 3D Imager (the first console to offer a 3D peripheral)


Game Titles

According to Wikipedia, these are some official titles for the system:

  • 3D Crazy Coaster
  • 3D MineStorm
  • 3D Narrow Escape
  • AnimAction
  • Armor Attack
  • Art Master
  • Bedlam
  • Berzerk
  • Blitz!
  • Clean Sweep
  • Cosmic Chasm
  • Fortress of Narzod
  • Heads Up
  • Hyperchase
  • Melody Master
  • Mine Storm
  • Polar Rescue
  • Pole Position
  • Rip-Off
  • Scramble
  • Solar Quest
  • Space Wars
  • Spike
  • Spinball
  • Star Castle
  • Star Hawk
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Web Wars

New games for the console are still released today, by homebrew game creators.


Vectrex Games Console (c)



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