VTech CreatiVision Roms Details

VTech CreatiVision is the second generation gaming console launched in 1981 by VTech in Hong Kong. In fact, CreatiVision was a kind of hybrid between the home computer and the full game console, similar to the Intellivision game console and the Adam Cole computer. However, customers knew that the word hybrid means that the device can not compete with the corresponding computers or home consoles.

CreatiVision is also referred to as Educat 2002 and distributed under this name in Europe, Israel and South Africa. In Australia, the device was released under the name Dick Smith Wizzard. During the development of CreatiVision, VTech launched many different name clones, including FunVision Computer Video Game System, Hanimex Rameses, VZ 2000 and others. All CreatiVision consoles needed a TV for image output and were compatible with the PAL standard. The only exception was the Japanese version of the console, which was compatible with NTSC.

VTech CreatiVision was built on an 8-bit Rockwell 6502 CPU with 2 MHz clock speed, 16 KB VRAM and 1 KB of RAM. The console supports a resolution of 256 x 192 pixels with 16 colors and 32 sprites. The console design was very interesting. It has two built-in joysticks that can be taken out or placed in it to play with friends and form a membrane keyboard, similar to ColecoVision or Atari 5200. Cassettes were used as the storage device. Additional hardware can be connected to the console, e.g. Diskette drive, modem, Centronics printers, cassettes, parallel I / O devices, keyboard, etc. Unfortunately, VTech CreatiVision was not warmly received by the public and production was interrupted. In early 1986, however, most of the games were ported to Rome and are available for free download in the Rome Games section of VTech CreatiVision.