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Encyclopedia > Interton VC 4000
VC 4000
Manufacturer Interton
Type Video game console
Generation Second generation
First available 1978
Media Cartridges

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. Image File history File links Interton. ... A console manufacturer is a company that manufactures and distributes video game consoles. ... video game consoles A video game console is an interactive entertainment computer. ... Home video-game systems became popular during the 1970s and 80s. ... This article deals with the history of the second generation video game consoles. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... In various types of electronic equipment, a cartridge can refer one method of adding different functionality or content (e. ... 8-bit refers to the number of bits used in the data bus of a computer. ... The Nintendo GameCube is an example of a popular video game console. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System is a video game console released by German company Radofin in 1976. ...

The VC-4000 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 keys 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. According to Adam Osbornes classic book An Introduction to Microprocessors Vol 2: Some Real Products, the 2650 was the most minicomputer-like of the 8-bit processors. ... The Arcadia 2001 is a second-generation 8-bit console released by Emerson Radio Corp. ...

Technical specifications

  • CPU : Signetics 2650A
  • Coprocessor : Signetics 2636 (Video controller)

External links

  • Old-computers.com
  • Console Database
  • WinArcadia/AmiArcadia emulator
  • EA2001 Central
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Selected home game consoles
First generation
Magnavox OdysseyPONGColeco TelstarAPF TV Fun
Early second generation
Channel FAtari 2600Interton VC 4000Odyssey²Intellivision
Later second generation
Atari 5200ColecoVisionEmerson Arcadia 2001Vectrex • SG-1000
Third generation
NESMaster SystemAtari 7800
Fourth generation
TurboGrafx-16Mega DriveNeo GeoSNES
Fifth generation
3DOJaguarSaturnPlayStationNintendo 64
Sixth generation
DreamcastPlayStation 2GameCubeXbox
Seventh generation
Xbox 360PlayStation 3Wii



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