The Vectrex is a vector display-based home video game console that was developed by Western Technologies/Smith Engineering. It was licensed and distributed first by General Consumer Electronics (GCE), and then by Milton Bradley Company after its purchase of GCE. It was released in November 1982 at a retail price of $199 ($470 adjusted for inflation); as Milton Bradley took over international marketing the price dropped to $150, $100 shortly before the video game crash of 1983 and $49 after the crash. The Vectrex exited the console market in early 1984.
Unlike other non-portable video game consoles, which connected to televisions and rendered raster graphics, the Vectrex has an integrated vector monitor which displays vector graphics. The Vectrex is monochrome and uses plastic screen overlays to simulate color and various static graphics and decorations. At the time, many of the most popular arcade games used vector displays, and through a licensing deal with Cinematronics, GCE was able to produce high-quality versions of arcade games such as Space Wars and Armor Attack.
Vectrex comes with a built-in game, MineStorm. Two peripherals were also available for the Vectrex, a light pen and a 3D imager.
The Vectrex was also released in Japan under the name Bandai Vectrex Kousokusen. In the US, the model number of the Vectrex was HP-3000.
|3D Crazy Coaster (1983) (requires 3D Imager)|
|3D MineStorm (requires 3D Imager) (1983)|
|3D Narrow Escape (requires 3D Imager) (1983)|
|AnimAction (requires light pen) (1983)|
|Art Master (requires light pen)|
|Clean Sweep (it has a special edition called “Mr. Boston” that is the rarest Vectrex game)|
|Fortress of Narzod (1982)|
|Heads Up (aka Soccer Football). GCE, 1983.|
|Hyperchase Auto Race (1982)|
|Melody Master (requires light pen) (1983)|
|Mine Storm II (1982); available only as a mail-order free item due to glitch in original game on lvl 13|
|Polar Rescue (1983)|
|Solar Quest (1982)|
|Space Wars (1982)|
|Spinball (aka Flipper Pinball) (1983)|
|Star Castle (1983)|
|Star Trek: The Motion Picture (aka Star Ship) (1982)|
|Web Wars (aka Web Warp) (1983)|