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Cassette Vision

Cassette Vision
The Cassette Vision
Manufacturer Epoch
Type Home video game console
Generation Second generation
Release date
  • JP July 30, 1981[1]
Introductory price ¥13,500
Media ROM cartridge
Input Internal controllers
Successor Super Cassette Vision

The Cassette Vision (Japanese: カセットビジョン Hepburn: Kasetto Bijon) is a home video game console made by Epoch and released in Japan on July 30, 1981. There is also a remodel called the Cassette Vision Jr.

The terms cassette, and more commonly tape, are contemporary synonyms for ROM cartridge, not to be confused with the magnetic cassette tape format. In terms of power, it is comparable to the Atari 2600. The Cassette Vision has unusual controls: four knobs built into the console itself, two for each player (one for horizontal, one for vertical); plus two buttons per player.

The system originally retailed for 13,500 yen, with games priced at 4,000. Though the Cassette Vision was not a high seller, it received a successor called the Super Cassette Vision (スーパーカセットビジョン Sūpā Kasetto Bijon) As a 1984 machine, it is more comparable to the likes of the Family Computer and the Atari 7800. The SCV was also sold in Europe, but with little known success.


Contents

  • Cassette Vision 1
    • Games 1.1
    • Specifications 1.2
  • Super Cassette Vision 2
    • Games 2.1
    • Specifications 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Cassette Vision

Games

  • Astro Command - an action game released by Epoch in 1983.
  • Baseball - a baseball game released by Epoch in 1981.
  • Battle Vader - a shoot 'em up released by Epoch in 1982.
  • Big Sports 12 - a sports game released by Epoch in 1981.
  • Elevator Panic
  • Galaxian (this version of Galaxian is not based on Namco's game but on Nihon Bussan's Moon Cresta )
  • Kikori no Yosaku
  • Monster Block
  • Monster Mansion (Donkey Kong clone)
  • New Baseball
  • PakPak Monster

Specifications

The Cassette Vision Jr., a cost reduced and minimized version of the Cassette Vision released in 1983.

Cassette Vision's controllers are integrated into the body.

Cassette Vision hardware has only the controllers and power supply circuit. Other components include the 1chip CPU. The RAM and video processor are on the cartridge circuit board.

Super Cassette Vision

Super Cassette Vision (1984)

Games

Specifications

  • CPU: µPD7801G microcontroller (*NOT* Z80 compatible core)
  • RAM: 128 bytes (internal to CPU)
  • ROM: 4KB (internal to CPU)
  • Video Processor: EPOCH TV-1
  • VRAM: 4KB (2 × µPD4016C-2) + 2KB (EPOCH TV-1 internal)
  • Colour: 16
  • Sprites: 128
  • Display: 256×256
  • Sound Processor: µPD1771C
  • Sound: 1 channel (Tone, Noise or 1bit PCM)
  • Controllers: 2 × hard-wired joysticks

References

  1. ^ "Release Date". Retrieved 2013-10-06. 

External links

  • EPOCH Super Cassette Vision Emulator for Win32 42.92871608921360
  • EPOCH Super Cassette Vision hardware info (in Japanese)
  • Epoch Cassette Vision hardware information (in Japanese)
  • Yeno & Epoch Super Cassette Vision
  • http://dempa.jp/rgb/heaven/g_scv.html (in Japanese)
  • Super Cassette Vision games playable for free in the browser at the Internet Archive Console Living Room
  • shmuplations.com Epoch and the Cassette Vision – 1997 Developer Interview with hardware engineer/designer Masayuki Horie
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