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This bizarre console from the 80s is a kind of great grandfather



Screenshot: National Video Museum (Tweet)

Without the Internet, with the immediate distribution of images to millions of people, it was much easier to keep the secrets of video game prototypes in the 1980s. So far, only a few photos have supported rumors about a possible mini-game version. Unfortunately, the Vectrex console is no longer just a rumor, as Frisco, the Texas National Video Game Museum has managed to detain this mythical prototype for your collection.

Vectrex was part of the post-Atari video game boom, which almost all toy manufacturers tried to launch the console, including Milton Bradley, who at that time was best known for his board games. Vectrex was able to display vector graphics on the screen (which used the same technology as oscilloscopes) to find arcade games at home. But it was a high price, about USD 500 per day, and it was one of the many victims of the 1983 game crisis.

Even with its built-in screen of about 23-28 centimeters, Vectrex was not at all an awkward piece of hardware. While his team was not in the front of the console to make it easier to move. However, an article published in the April 2003 issue of the Edge magazine revealed that a much smaller and smaller box-sized Vectrex console is one of the excursions the company makes in the early 80's.

Then, eight years ago, the person who claimed to be someone who worked at the Milton Bradley Research and Design division shared some of the old scanned photos from the seemingly mini Vectrex site at Flickr. They seemed real enough, but they were not definitive evidence that the console really existed or even that it was not a console design model.

A few weeks ago, the National Video Game Museum approved the Vectrex mini console and he told Twitter that he has a true prototype of his collection. To confirm its authenticity, the museum even dismantled the prototype and found that much of its chain was the same as Vectrex that entered the market. The museum even shared a video about the mini Vectrex, which, surprisingly, still works perfectly.

The Vectrex mini version was definitely more portable than the original console with the handlebar built into the top of the console. But did it directly affect the creation of the Nintendo lock? Or Game Boy, which will arrive a few years after Vectrex's death? This prototype was a well-kept secret, but many would argue that those who developed these pieces of hardware moved from one company to another and these secrets are undoubtedly common.

Although this mini Vectrex still needed to carry a power cord wherever I went, as a child, I would have loved to take it on a journey when I visited my grandparents or basically any place where I now take the Switch.

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