Epoch Game Pocket Computer

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Epoch Game Pocket Computer
Game Pocket Computer
Developer Epoch
Manufacturer Epoch
Type handheld game console
Generation Second generation
Release date 1984; 34 years ago (1984)
Introductory price ¥12,000
Memory 2 KB
Display 75 × 64 pixels
Controller input 8-way joypad
Power 4 AA batteries

The Epoch Game Pocket Computer is a handheld game console released by Epoch in Japan in 1984. It was one of the very few truly handheld systems to be released in the early 1980s, preceding the Game Boy by 5 years. The Game Pocket Computer used an LCD screen with a 75 × 64 resolution,[1][2] and could produce graphics at about the same level as early Atari 2600 games. The system was a bust in Japan[citation needed], and as a result, only 5 games were made for it. A puzzle game and a paint program were built into the system. It was powered by 4 AA batteries, and screen's contrast could be adjusted by the user. Possibly due to its failure in Japan, the Game Pocket Computer was never released in North America. The device is extremely rare, and units on eBay can go for hundreds of dollars, when and if they turn up. Except for their moderately successful Cassette Vision, Super Cassette Vision And TV Tennis Electrotennis, Epoch had no other released systems. It had 4 buttons, an 8-way joypad, a contrast dial, and a sound on-off switch.[2]


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  1. ^ a b c d "Epoch Game Pocket Computer". www.handheldmuseum.com. 
  2. ^ a b c d "1984 Game Pocket Computer and Cartridges". www.miniarcade.com. 

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