Vectrex emulators

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Vectrex
Vectrex-Console-Set.jpg
Developer Smith Engineering
Type Home video game console
Generation Second generation
Release date 1982
Discontinued 1984
Emulated

The Vectrex was a vector-based graphics console released by General Consumer Electronics (GCE) in November of 1982 and was retailed for $199.99. It had a Motorola MC68A09 CPU at 1.5 MHz with 1KB of RAM. The screen was built into the console and it was packed with one game inside it called Mine Storm. It was considered revolutionary for its time, but the Video Game Crash of 1983 and lack of support (and color) doomed the system.

Emulators[edit]

Name Platform(s) Latest Version Libretro Core Active Recommended
PC / x86
MAME Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 0.225
ParaJVE Windows Linux macOS 0.7.0
JSVecX Web 0.2.1
vecx Windows macOS 1.1
Libretro
(libretro core)
BizHawk Windows 2.5.2 ~
Vectrexy Windows Linux 0.0.0 ~
DVE Windows MS-DOS v2.0b ~

Comparisons[edit]

  • MAME: MAME driver. The hardware is perfectly emulated. A 1984 clone is not emulated yet. Many homebrew physical cartridge releases still have not been dumped.
  • ParaJVE: An emulator written in JavaScript. Its development started in early 2006, with the first update version 0.3.2 releasing in November 8, 2006, and the emulation is now mature enough to deliver a rendering close to the real machine, for you to enjoy most of the original games set (as well as some extra homebrew roms). But it was short-lived, ending just 4 years later in December 29, 2010.
  • JSVecX: A JavaScript port of the VecX emulator. The emulator was ported from the original C version as developed by Valavan Manohararajah to JavaScript/HTML5. This port relies on the HTML5 Canvas element for display and the Web Audio API for sound (no flash is required). Some known issues: buggy sound, and misaligned overlays.
  • vecx: Original branch last updated in August 2016. The libretro core is still being updated as of 2020.
  • Vectrexy: A Vectrex emulator programmed in C++. Many commercial games and homebrew ROMs work well, many others and software either don't work or are uncertain.
  • DVE: Dos Vectrex Emulator is an ancient emulator that used to work on DOS PC's and was last updated in August 7, 1999! It did a decent job of emulation, with only 2 games with faults; but it is not recommended today. It may produce buzzing sounds under DOSBox. It runs all the games available for it, has adlib sound and 3D imager support. Old, broken webpage.

Old emulation list at Vectrex World (Unofficial website. Covers 3 old emulators only: ParaJVE, DVE & vecx.)

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