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barythrin
February 12th, 2009, 12:02 PM
Again, hunting around I found quite a few interesting console to computer type systems. It's called the Victor (the one I found some demo's of is the Victor-70 although there seems to be a 60 and two other less computer looking models). They aren't vintage so this is almost off topic but they are based or built on-top of the NES or NES chipset. They were meant to be a $12 TV computer for 3rd world countries. What is cool is they have built-in games, but they have BASIC on the rom also for coding your own games, etc.

Might be another thing to grab a few before they disappear.

carlsson
February 12th, 2009, 01:33 PM
Yeah, what happened to that Apple II on a chip which someone was trying to implement and market in India? I thought it was a big humbug, the cost to reimplement an Apple II from scratch in FPGA would probably not be worth it, in particular not if additional networking and other hardware needs to be implemented as well. They already have those NES-on-a-chip (NOAC) systems with varying level of add-ons.

barythrin
February 12th, 2009, 02:21 PM
Well, I think what happened was the original article mentioning this $12 computer incorrectly stated it was based on the Apple II when it was actually based on the NES. There were a few correction articles that came out but the confusion was kinda spread first. I see a few for around $25(US) so atleast these ARE obtainable although I'm not sure if they're really worth much. I do think it'd be interesting as far as a nice already made 8-bit programming environment though. There are some much more expensive platforms (and surely better) like the Hydra GDK or XGameStation type systems which have multicore processors but it's interesting to think you might be able to use this $25 unit as an NES SDK system.