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1292 Advanced Programmable Video System

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The 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System was first made by Radofin in Europe in 1976. It was then licensed to other companies to make their versions in other countries. These companies are: Acetronic, Prinztronic, Fountain, Grandstand, Audiosonic, Hanimex and Lansay, each making consoles for different parts of the world. Some of these variations were identical to the original but with different logos, while others looked a lot different.

The 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System uses 32-pin cartridges (16 pins on either side). The system comes with 2 controllers, which are hard-wired to the system. These controllers have 12 buttons and a 2-axis analogue control stick (look similar to ColecoVision, Intellivision, etc). The pack-in games that came with most systems were Olympics and Invaders.

The system is part of a group of consoles that all use a Signetics 2650A CPU inside (the same processor used in the Emerson Arcadia 2001). This group of consoles was once believed to have started with the Interton VC-4000, because out of the group, this console has the largest amount of games. However, further research has shown that the Interton VC-4000 was introduced after the 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System and while many of the games are the same across consoles in this group, some of the consoles had games that were specifically released for them and not the others (e.g. Leapfrog and Munch and Crunch for the Voltmace Database).

1292 Advanced Programmable Video System Technical Specifications

Platform: 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System/VC-4000.

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