Retro Game Consoles – Vectrex
Vectrex came with Mine Storm, which was a rip off of the popular arcade game, Asteroids.
Above: Vectrex Game Controller
Jay Smith and Western Technology and Smith Engineering built the Vectrex. They had the idea for a ‘mini- arcade’ that was born in the early eighties to deliver a true arcade like experience that they thought would make the game console a top selling unit.
Above: Vectrex Console Motherboard
However, sales were disappointing with a $32 million in the first year, which forced them to discontinue production. The video game crash of 1983 and 1984 did nto help matters either. With a starting price of $199, the unit was often sold for much less, which attributed to the loss. The discount was employed in order to get a market established.
As with many other game consoles, the Vectrex survives through ROMS and refurished old machines. If you get a chance to buy one of these in working order, we highly recommend you do so.