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Encyclopedia > Coleco Telstar

The Telstar is a video game console produced by Coleco which first went on sale in 1976. Originally a PONG clone based on General Instrument's AY-3-8500 chip, the many versions of the Telstar included: A video game console is a dedicated electronic machine designed to play video games. ... Coleco was a company founded in 1932 by Maurice Greenberg as Connecticut Leather Company to sell leather supplies to shoemakers. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... PONG is a video game based on ping-pong, released by Atari on November 29, 1972. ... General Instruments Microelectronics was a division of General Instruments Corporation. ...

  1. Telstar - (model 6040, 1976) Three PONG variants (hockey, handball, tennis), two paddle controllers fixed on console. This was the very first game to use the AY-3-8500 chip.
  2. Telstar Classic - (model 6045, 1976) Same as the Telstar, with deluxe wood case.
  3. Telstar Deluxe - (1977) aka "Video World Of Sports", same as the Telstar but brown pedestal case with wood panel, made for Canadian market with French and English text.
  4. Telstar Ranger - (model 6046, 1977) Four PONG variants (hockey, handball, tennis, jai alai) and two gun games(target, skeet), black and white plastic case, includes revolver-style light gun and separate paddle controllers. Uses the AY-3-8500 chip.
Telstar Alpha
Telstar Alpha
  1. Telstar Alpha - (model 6030, 1977) Four PONG variants, black and white plastic case, fixed paddles. Uses the AY-3-8500 chip.
  2. Telstar Colormatic - (model 6130, 1977) Same as the Telstar Alpha but with detached wired paddles as well as color graphics. Uses the AY-3-8500 game chip and the Texas Instruments SN76499N chip for color.
  3. Telstar Regent - (model 6036, 1977) Same as the Telstar Colormatic but no color and black and white case.
  4. Telstar Sportsman - (1978) Similar to Telstar Regent, but with an additional light gun and different setting switches.
  5. Telstar Combat - (model 6065, 1977) Four variations on Kee Games' Tank, four fixed joysticks (two per player), uses a General Instruments AY-3-8700 Tank chip.
  6. Telstar Colortron - (model 6135, 1978) Four PONG variants, in color, built in sound, fixed paddles, uses AY-3-8510 chip.
Telstar Marksman
Telstar Marksman
  1. Telstar Marksman - (model 6136, 1978) Four PONG variants and two gun games in color, larger light gun with removable stock, fixed paddles, uses AY-3-8512 chip.
  2. Telstar Galaxy - Separate joysticks and fixed paddles, uses AY-3-8600 game chip and AY-3-8615 color encoder.
  3. Telstar Gemini - (1978) Four pinball games and two light-gun games in color, light gun, two flipper buttons on left and right sides of case, pinball launch button and field adjustment sliders on top, light gun, uses a MOS Technology MPS 7600-004 chip.
  4. Telstar Arcade - Cartridge-based, triangular case includes light gun, steering wheel with gear shift, and paddles, one on each side. Each cartridge includes a customized MOS Technology MPS-7600 chip. The chip contained custom logic circuits driven by a basic processor which ran a very small program stored in ROM.

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See also

Major video game consoles
First generation
Magnavox Odyssey | PONG | Coleco Telstar
Early second generation
Fairchild Channel F | Atari 2600 | Magnavox Odyssey² | Intellivision
Later second generation
5200 | ColecoVision | Vectrex | SG-1000
Third generation
NES | Master System | 7800
Fourth generation
PC Engine/TurboGrafx 16 | Mega Drive/Genesis | SNES | Neo-Geo | CD-i
Fifth generation
3DO | CD32 | Jaguar | Saturn | PlayStation | PC-FX | Nintendo 64
Sixth generation
Dreamcast | PlayStation 2 | GameCube | Xbox
Seventh generation
Xbox 360 | PlayStation 3 | Wii

This is a list of video game consoles by the era they appeared in. ... This article deals with the history of the first generation video game consoles. ... The Magnavox Odyssey is the first home video game console, predating the Atari Pong home consoles by three years. ... PONG is a video game based on ping-pong, released by Atari on November 29, 1972. ... This article deals with the history of the second generation video game consoles. ... The Fairchild Channel F The Fairchild Channel F is the worlds first cartridge-based video game console. ... The Atari 2600, released in 1977, is the first successful video game console to use plug-in cartridges instead of having one or more games built in. ... Philips Videopac G7000 shown playing Pickaxe Pete The Magnavox Odyssey², known in Europe as the Philips Videopac G7000, in Brazil as the Philips Odyssey, and also by many other names, is a video game console released in 1978. ... The Intellivision is a video game console released by Mattel in 1980; development of the console began in 1978 (less than a year after the introduction of its main competitor, the legendary Atari 2600). ... The Atari 5200 is a video game console introduced in 1982 by Atari. ... The ColecoVision The ColecoVision is Colecos second generation video game console, released in August 1982. ... The Vectrex is an 8-bit video game console developed by General Consumer Electric (GCE) and later bought by Milton Bradley Company. ... The SG-1000, which stands for Sega Game 1000, is a cartridge-based video game console manufactured by Sega. ... In the history of video games, the 8-bit era was the third generation of video game consoles, but the first after the video game crash of 1983 and considered by some to be the first modern era of console gaming. ... NES redirects here. ... The Sega Master System (SMS for short) is an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console that was manufactured by Sega. ... The Atari 7800 is a video game console released by Atari in 1986 (a test market occurred in June 1984). ... In the history of video games, the 16-bit era was the fourth generation of video game consoles. ... The PC Engine is a video game console released by NEC, a Japanese company, in 1987. ... The Sega Mega Drive was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, also known as Super Nintendo, Super NES or SNES, is a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Brazil, Europe, and Australia. ... The original Neo-Geo console was greatly advanced for its time. ... CD-i or Compact Disc Interactive is the name of an interactive multimedia CD player developed and marketed by Royal Philips Electronics N.V. CD-i also refers to the multimedia Compact Disc standard utilized by the CD-i console, also known as Green Book, which was co-developed by... In the history of computer and video games, the 32-bit / 64-bit era was the fifth generation of video game consoles. ... 3DO Interactive Multiplayer (most commonly referred to as the 3DO) was a line of video game consoles released in 1993 and 1994 by Panasonic, Sanyo and Goldstar. ... The Amiga CD32 was a 32-bit CD-ROM based game console. ... The Atari Jaguar is a video game console introduced in November 1993 as a powerful next generation platform. ... The Sega Saturn (Japanese: セガサターン, Sega Saturn), is a video game console of the 32-bit era. ... For other versions of PlayStation, please see PlayStation (disambiguation) The PlayStation is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... The PC-FX console The PC-FX was NECs 32-bit sequel to its PC Engine (US:TurboGrafx 16). ... The Nintendo 64, commonly called the N64, is Nintendos third home video game console. ... The sixth-generation era (sometimes inaccurately referred to as the 128-bit era; see section below) refers to the computer and video games, video game consoles, and video game handhelds available at the turn of the 21st century. ... The Sega Dreamcast (Japanese: ドリームキャスト; code-named Blackbelt, Dural, and Katana during development) is Segas last video game console. ... The PlayStation 2 (PS2) (Japanese: プレイステーション2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ... The Nintendo GameCube (Japanese: ゲームキューブ; originally code-named Dolphin during development; abbreviated as GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the Sixth generation era—the same generation as Segas Dreamcast, Sonys PlayStation 2, and Microsofts Xbox. ... Xbox and a Controller S The Xbox is Microsofts game console, released on November 15, 2001. ... The seventh generation era is a video game era in the history of computer and video games that began towards the end of 2005, but is not set to really take off until late 2006 with the release of new video game consoles from Nintendo and Sony. ... The Xbox 360, known during development as the Xenon, Xbox 2, or the Xbox Next, is the successor to Microsofts original Xbox video game console. ... The PlayStation 3 (PS3) will be Sonys seventh generation era video game console in the PlayStation series. ... Wii (pronounced we, IPA: , see name) is Nintendos 7th generation video game console, Nintendos fifth home console and the successor to the Nintendo GameCube. ...

External links

  • Pong-Story: All Coleco Telstar systems, with photos
  • Telstar and other systems
  • The Dot Eaters entry on the history of Telstar and Coleco

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