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This is a catalog of peripherals/hardware for the Vectrex, organized alphabetically by name.

ControllersEdit

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Vectrex controller (original)--this was the controller that originally came with a new Vectrex or was sold separately (a new unit only came with one controller). The Vectrex was one of the first ever video game systems (another one was the Atari 5200) that had an analog joystick. It also had four function buttons, which was a lot for a controller back then.

Controllers (modern day)Edit

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    Controllers that Dondzila has modified, going clockwise from top left, a Sega controller, a Super Pad and a Nippon America box

    Vectrex controller (modified)--There have been many modern day controllers distributed by John Dondzila of Classic Game Creations, mostly via converting control pads originally made for the Sega Genesis system. However, with the controllers being digital, they did not work with 100% of Vectrex games, since a few were geared towards the original analog joystick, although the only ones that would not work with them were Hyperchase, game two on Star Hawk, and the analog version of Spike's Water Balloons on the Vectopia cartridge. Dondzila was able to supply customers with these converted six button controllers for years, but unfortunately with the Genesis having ceased production in the 1990s, there aren’t exactly a lot of companies creating replacement controllers for the system any more. Dondzila had posted about this in late 2009 on his website, letting his customers know they could be put on an e-mailing list for when new controllers became available, then those sold out very quickly once he found a new supplier for them (along with a modified PlayStation controller as well, which he also had a limited supply of those), and in 2010 Dondzila stated he did not know when he would be able to acquire controllers again once his last batch sold out.
  • And of course, Dondzila hasn't been the only one to do this, as Recycled Gamer has modified over 50 SNES controllers to work with the Vectrex, which you can see here, as well as Madtronix with his version of a redone arcade stick and a modified Genesis pad.
  • Vecdrive controller--this is a modified Atari 2600 paddle controller, having a switch and an extra button installed. Works with Vaboom!/Vectrace and Hyperchase.
  • Vectrex Wireless Controller--a creation by Dan Siewers, being a homemade controller.
  • Vectrex Wireless Mouse--also just like it sounds, this can be used for some games in place of a Vectrex controller, such as Patriots 3 on Gravitrex Plus.

PeripheralsEdit

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  • 3D Imager--The 3D Imager was a device that the gamer would wear on their head, complete with goggles. The Imager would spin a disk which is half black and half colored with bands that radiate from the center between the viewer's eyes and the Vectrex screen, producing a 3-D effect, as spinning the disk at a high enough speed will fool the viewer's eyes/brain into thinking that the multiple images it is seeing are two different views of the same object, creating the impression of 3-D and color. Only three games were made for the Imager, being 3D Mine Storm, 3D Crazy Coaster and 3D Narrow Escape, each having its own Color Wheel, and 3D Pole Position was planned for it as well, but unfortunately production of the Vectrex ended after the Video Game Crash of 1983-4. Modern day reproductions have been made by several people and these originals command high prices when sold online (especially if they come with the original box as well).
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Peripherals/hardware (modern day)Edit

  • 3D Engine Demo--currently (as of 2011) contains a PSOC development kit with memory chips, with a PCB and added a ConnectOne embedded network adapter, which can connect to an online FTP server to download ROMs. (Although not a full article yet, a brief mention and picture of this unit can be seen on the Dan Siewers page.)
  • 3D Imager (Modern)--A few of these have been made, one in particular from Madtronix, using a broken cd player and some modded headgear.
  • PlayStation to Vectrex controller adapter--Released in 2003 by Clay Cowgill, this is an adapter so a person can use a PlayStation controller for their Vectrex. Unfortunately Cowgill ceased production of these, along with pretty much everything else retro-related years ago, due to a lack of time (as stated by Cowgill himself on his site) and not enough revenue was coming in to justify continuing making retro products such as these.
  • Sean Kelly Multicart--Probably the most famous (and oldest, with its 1.2 version being released in 1995, then its still-produced model came out in 1999) of the Vectrex multicarts is the Sean Kelly models, noted for their ease of swapping out ROMs and being able to store dozens of them at a time. Usually only a handful are made at a time and released unannounced through e-bay over the years at no specific times though.
  • Multiconn--Another Madtronix creation, this is a combination of an extension card that fits in the cartridge slot that connects to a breadboard to develop new hardware projects.
  • VecArcade Construction Kit--Here's an interesting take on the original Vectrex display stand, along with saving tear on a Vectrex controller as well as the system itself. Five of these units were made and sold in 2009, which, as the title says, is a construction cabinet for a Vectrex. Some assembly was required, along with a power supply to illuminate the built-in controller buttons (that's right, this had its own specialized controller, as the original was not needed!). However, only Mine Storm and cartridges without cases (such as the Lite Version of the 72 Game Multicart) can be used due to restrictions on space. It is currently unknown if any more cases will be built in 2011. (The customer must have their own Vectrex.)
  • VecFlash--Another multicart, this USB is a user loadable device known for its fast speed on its last model.
  • VecLink--Currently not in production yet, this is designed by Alex Herbert, who created Protector LE, which links two Vectrexes together. Berzerk Arena is one of the planned games for the unit, although little has been heard of any recent development of this unit for years now.
  • VecM--This is a MIDI interface for use for the Vectrex, which enables a direct audio output line for the system, as opposed to only using its internal speaker in its original form.
  • Vectrex Extender--"adds 18K of extended memory, provides a web server for uploading files from an FTP server, an API for 3D object rotations and extended math functions, among other features" as it says from the Dan Siewers page.
  • Vectrex Multicart (Ronen Habot)--Yet another multicart, this one built by Ronen Habot, although he never made it to be mass produced or put up for sale. It supports up to 512K of games in total, games that are up to 32K in size, the player could press the reset button to switch a game (unlike with the Sean Kelly Multicart where the power had to be turned off in order to change games) and costs well under $30 U. S.
  • Vectrex PS2 Keyboard--just like it sounds, this is a modded PlayStation 2 keyboard for use with the Vectrex. With an interface, whatever is typed on the keyboard will be displayed on the Vectrex.

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