The VideoSport MK2 is a video game console that was produced by Henry's, a British retailer of television and Hi-fi equipment, starting in 1974 or early 1975 until 1977. Customers could purchase the console in stores or have it delivered to them by mail. By May 1976, over 10,000 units of the console had been sold.
Console and controllers
The console has a central body with only a power switch and a knob to select one of three games: Football, Tennis/Pong and Hole-in-the-wall. There are two controllers with cables that connect to the console, with two paddles each (for vertical and horizontal movement) and a button (for serving and goal kicking). There were two variations of the console, the original VideoSport MK2 with gold letters and a later VideoSport MK2 without gold letters, likely introduced in an attempt to reduce production costs. The VideoSport MK2 was mostly assembled by hand, and the colour of the push buttons depended on what parts had been purchased "on the fly".
Inside the console, there are only two TTL-type integrated circuits, each containing four NAND ports. The remaining circuitry comprises discrete components only. The power supply is provided only through mains current.
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