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I guess the Vectrex is already a console, but what I mean is a Vectrex that's just the motherboard and you plug it into a TV like the NES or 2600, etc... I got the idea by spotting the Scopetrex on the Brewing Academy website. Can this be done? Can a Scopetrex be hooked up to a modern TV?

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If you want a dubious consolized vectrex you will be relegate to an emulation platform that will lose some of the experience enjoyment of the original Vectrex.  No commercial TV can handle the vector graphics display properties of a Vectrex motherboard. Or a Vectrex alternate platform such as ScopeTrex.

 

That said, MiSTer FPGA does offer a route to what you might want. However, lose of the CRT once again degrades the Vectrex experience. 

https://misterfpga.org/viewtopic.php?t=710   

 

 

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7 hours ago, Vectrexer said:

That said, MiSTer FPGA does offer a route to what you might want. However, lose of the CRT once again degrades the Vectrex experience. 

https://misterfpga.org/viewtopic.php?t=710   

That aspect ratio looks awful.  Can you rotate the output 90 degrees?

 

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14 hours ago, ls650 said:

That aspect ratio looks awful.  Can you rotate the output 90 degrees?

 

There is a whole web for of information:

https://misterfpga.org/

And a Wiki

https://github.com/MiSTer-devel/Main_MiSTer/wiki

And a code repository with notes:

https://github.com/MiSTer-devel

 

Feel free to perform some self-initiated search, and research.

 

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On 11/6/2021 at 8:40 PM, Vectrexer said:

If you want a dubious consolized vectrex you will be relegate to an emulation platform that will lose some of the experience enjoyment of the original Vectrex.  No commercial TV can handle the vector graphics display properties of a Vectrex motherboard. Or a Vectrex alternate platform such as ScopeTrex.

 

That said, MiSTer FPGA does offer a route to what you might want. However, lose of the CRT once again degrades the Vectrex experience. 

https://misterfpga.org/viewtopic.php?t=710   

 

 

You can actually consolize the vectrex to hook it up to a normal tv,HOWEVER, that will involve framebuffering those vector graphics and then converting them into raster graphics in order to be displayed on a normal tv, trough a rasterizer chip,(also 3D game consoles do this) however games such as drawing art will be incompatible since frame bubbering those vector graphics will screw up the timing thus rendering the light pen to be useless,i also think that it is very unlikely that the 3D color imager will work with it again due screwing up the timing,but other games should look and work fine on it without any problem with hopefully no dramatical input lag.

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The Vectrex is irreducible, like Popeye. I yam what I yam and dat’s all dat I yam, I’m Vectrex, a tube in a can.

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On 11/6/2021 at 12:40 PM, Vectrexer said:

However, lose of the CRT once again degrades the Vectrex experience. 

 

You could use a Mister on a CRT with an HDMI to composite converter though.

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I didn't hate the Vectrex emulator on iPad. It's still available on gameclub.io (subscription) and the high res iPad display is about the same size as the original Vec monitor. 

 

It doesn't have the same visual intensity but it's better than a CRT in my opinion. 

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