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Commodore 3000H Games Console

Following Commodoreís acquisition of MOS technologies (famous for producing the later 6502 chip for the PET), the Pong-like TV Game consoles 2000K and 3000H made their appearance.

The 3000H console features two paddles (sliders), one internal and one connected by wire (with 2 additional optional sliders); 9VDC or battery power (6 AA batteries required, yes it can run on batteries!). It generates its own sound with the built-in speaker and can play 4 games: Tennis, Target (with an optional light gun), Football and Squash.  There is also a gauge for difficulty level (handicap), and another for the number of players and other settings.

The cool thing is that the core chip, the MOS 7601 (the last of MOSís Pong-chip line) read game instructions from a special ROM which appears to be internal to the chip, making it stand out from the other Pong-clones that had the game hard-coded into the systemís logic

However, because graphics and sound are also generated directly by the 7601 and are hardwired into the chipís logic, it meantthat special variants had to be created if a special display was required for an arbitrary application. Thus, the 7601 in the TV Game series, while being programmable in a crude sense, is hardwired to generate the graphics for the TV Game seriesí internal games only and cannot be used into drawing other kinds of shapes.

Nevertheless, it was a taste of things to come.

Games available were the following four:

Game mira (playable with an optional optical gun)
Tennis
Football
Squash

Our unit complete with the original packaging was kindly donated by Jean & John Morris.

Manufacturer: Commodore
Date: 1977

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH30955. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 
Commodore 3000H Games Console


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