APF TV Fun

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APF TV Fun
APF TV Fun (model 442) - 1977.jpg
APF TV Fun (model 442)
Developer(s) APF Electronics Inc.
Publisher(s) APF Electronics Inc.
Platform(s) Arcade
Release date(s)
    Genre(s) Sports simulation
    Cabinet Standard
    CPU AY-3-8500 chipset from General Instruments[1]
    Sound Amplified mono (one channel)
    Display Vertical orientation, black-and-white raster display, standard resolution

    The APF TV Fun is a series of early Pong clone consoles manufactured by APF Electronics Inc. and built in Japan starting in 1976. The systems were among the first built on the General Instruments 'Pong on a chip', the AY-3-8500, that allowed many manufacturers to compete against the Atari home pong.

    The model 401 and 401a features four built in games, a built in speaker, and two controller knobs, Toggle Switches (choices are "Professional" and "Amateur") for the following settings - Angle / Bat Size / Ball Speed. There are 2 buttons - Power and Start Game, and a dial to select between the four built-in games.[2]

    The 402 model, the Sportsarama, had peripherals including two more wired analog paddle controllers, and a plastic all black light gun. The 402 had different options, lacking the angle/bat size/ball speed, but adding in options for 4-player games, a manual or auto serve, a serve button, and the light gun game. The 401 and the 402 models were both built in the same faux woodgrain cabinet. Either could be powered by an AC adapter or by using six C size batteries.[2] [3]

    Other models included the 405, the 442, the 444, and the 500. Most or all the consoles were manufactured in Japan. They also sold a 'Match' system, which was in a different, more boxy woodgrain cabinet. This had two detachable wired controllers, based on the same General Instruments chip.

    The TV Fun package is the first excursion of APF into the video game market; APF was formerly a calculator and other small electronics developer. It was sold at Sears under the name Hockey Jockari. TV Fun was followed up by the 8 bit APF-MP1000 in 1978 and then APF Imagination Machine in 1979. These were made to compete in the 2nd generation of early ROM cartridge consoles, namely the Atari VCS.

    APF TV Fun being Played

    References[edit]

    1. ^ "museum ~ APF TV Fun (Model 401)". Old-computers.com. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
    2. ^ a b "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2008-07-05. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
    3. ^ "Google Images". Google.com. Retrieved 2012-03-29.