VC 4000

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VC 4000
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Manufacturer Interton
Type Home video game console
Generation Second generation
Release date 1978; 39 years ago (1978)
Introductory price 500 DM
Discontinued 1983
CPU Signetics 2650A, Signetics 2636 video controller
Removable storage Cartridges
Input 2 controllers with 12 buttons, 2 fire buttons and an analog joystick
Related articles 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System

The VC 4000 is an early 8-bit cartridge-based home video game console released in Germany in 1978 by Interton. The console is quite obscure outside Germany, but a myriad of software-compatible systems can be found in numerous European countries (see 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System).

It's unknown if Interton designed and produced the VC 4000 within their own rights, or if they were sold the rights to design and produce it. This is because many other foreign brands have produced "Clones" of this system in the preceding years.

The VC-4000's power comes from a Signetics 2650 CPU (which is the same as an Arcadia 2001) and a Signetics 2636 gaming controller. Both controllers contain a 12-button keypad, two fire buttons, and a joystick. Inside the systems control panel, there are four different buttons. The ON/OFF switch, RESET, SELECT, and START.[1]

Released versions[edit]

The console was produced by different companies and sold with different names. Not every console is compatible with others due to differences in the shapes and dimensions of the cartridge slots, but all of the consoles are software compatible.[2] In the article about the 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System there is a table with all the software-compatible consoles grouped by compatibility family (due to the slots).

Technical specifications[edit]

  • CPU: Signetics 2650A at 0.887 MHz
  • Video controller: Signetics 2636
  • Data memory: 37 bytes

List of games[edit]

The games for the VC 4000 were released on ROM cartridges known as cassettes.[3]

  1. Cassette - Car Races
  2. Cassette - Blackjack
  3. Cassette - Paddle Games
  4. Cassette - Tank Battle
  5. Cassette - Mathematics I
  6. Cassette - Mathematics II
  7. Cassette - Air/Sea Battle
  8. Cassette - Memory/Flag Capture
  9. Cassette - Intelligence I
  10. Cassette - Winter Sports
  11. Cassette - Hippodrome
  12. Cassette - Hunting
  13. Cassette - Chess
  14. Cassette - Motocross
  15. Cassette - Intelligence II
  16. Cassette - Intelligence III
  17. Cassette - Circus
  18. Cassette - Boxing Match
  19. Cassette - Outer Space Combat
  20. Cassette - Melody/Simon
  21. Cassette - Intelligence IV/Reversi
  22. Cassette - Chess II
  23. Cassette - Pinball
  24. Cassette - Soccer
  25. Cassette - Bowling/Ninepins
  26. Cassette - Draughts
  27. Cassette - Golf
  28. Cassette - Cockpit
  29. Cassette - Metropolis/Hangman
  30. Cassette - Solitaire
  31. Cassette - Casino
  32. Cassette - Invaders
  33. Cassette - Super Invaders
  34. Cassette - Space Laser (Unreleased)
  35. Cassette - Rodeo (Unreleased)
  36. Cassette - Backgammon
  37. Cassette - Monster Man
  38. Cassette - Hyperspace
  39. Cassette - Basketball (Unreleased)
  40. Cassette - Super-Space

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OLD-COMPUTERS.COM : The Museum". Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Interton VC-4000 Console Information". Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Interton VC4000". Retrieved 26 January 2016.