TV Scoreboard

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TV Scoreboard
Developer Tandy
Manufacturer Radio Shack
Type game console
Generation first generation of video game console
Release date 1976 (1976)
CPU General Instruments AY-3-8500
Power AC adapter or 6 x 1.5v AA battery

The TV Scoreboard is a Pong-like game console manufactured from 1976 through the early '80s and made by Tandy.[1] Distribution was handled exclusively by Radio Shack. The machines were constructed in Hong Kong. The TV Scoreboard consisted of a left and right player, with dials or paddles on the hand held piece, and had multiple Pong era games. A variant also included a revolver-type light gun, which was used for a clay pigeon shooting game. Using additional cosmetic attachments to the light gun, the user could change its appearance to be that of a rifle. The games included but were not restricted to tennis, squash, hockey and practice. Games and game modes, including difficulty settings and serving settings, could be adjusted with switches. It ran on either an AC adapter, or (6) 1.5v AA battery.

The console belongs to the first generation of video game console and is based on one single chip: the General Instruments AY-3-8500.


  1. ^ Radio Shack TV Scoreboard (handheld), OLD-COMPUTERS.COM Museum