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5200 Release Date?

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Can anyone definitively tell me whether the 5200 or the Vectrex was released first? I'm researching the history of controllers for an article (and segment in a podcast) and I need to find out which home console was the first to use an analog joystick. I can't seem to find the exact date (or even the month) that the 5200 was released. I know it was late 1982 but so was the Vectrex (Nov. 1982). Thanks in advance.

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Pretty sure it was the Vectrex. I recall seeing a Sears catalog scan here on the boards where the Vectrex was available, but not the 5200.

 

Here it is: http://www.atariage.com/forums/index.php?a...m&album=151

 

Doh! I'm a chotchky... It's not either of those. It's the VC 4000 by Interton. I had never even heard of it.... probably because it was only released in Germany. Oh yeah, and I wasn't born in 1978.

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The 5200 was released in November 1982. And despite what wikipedia says the Vectrex was released in Sep/Oct 82.

 

Note that the Sears Xmas catalog doesn't show any video games that were released after September. That's because the Xmas catalog actually came out in September and was followed up by supplemental catalogs every month.

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The 5200 was released in November 1982. And despite what wikipedia says the Vectrex was released in Sep/Oct 82.

 

Note that the Sears Xmas catalog doesn't show any video games that were released after September. That's because the Xmas catalog actually came out in September and was followed up by supplemental catalogs every month.

Huh. Folks actually looked at other parts of the Sears catalog besides the woman's foundation garment section. I'll be darned.

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