It's a game! A computer! A color TV!
With that slogan, Ultravision planned to take the consumer
electronics world by storm.
"People are sometimes petrified when they approach a computer," said
Al Orosa, Vice President of Ultravision in a 1983 CES press release.
"But everyone's familiar with the television. From there, it's one
step after another until the unit becomes comfortable for the buyer
The unit in question was Ultravision.
Ultravision, from the Miami-based company of the same name, (also
sometimes referred to as "Video Arcade System) was actually a
television, a videogame unit, and a computer. The eighty-four
channel color television was to have a ten inch diagonal screen
and input/output jacks to allow hook ups with a video recorder
The basic videogame component accepts only Ultravision's own line of
cartridges. But the owner was to have the option of purchasing two
add-on modules seperately, one that will allow him/her to play
Colecovision games on the Ultravision, and the other for games of
the Atari VCS persuasion.
The unit was to come complete with two sixteen position joysticks
with top-mounted fire buttons.
The Ultravision computer contained 64K of memory, expandable to
128K. It uses Microsoft Basic with four other languages
accessible. 512 characters are displayable and sixteen colors are
possible. The typewriter-style keyboard contained sixty keys,
eight programmable keys, and upper and lower case alphabet set.
The optional disk drive requires either five and a quarter or eight
inch floppy disks, both single side, double density.
The unit was to be compatible with Applesoft and CP/M software.
so the purchaser was to be walking into a ready-made library.
In addition to its own videogames, Ultravision was to release its
own line of computer software. By covering all the bases,
Ultravision ultimately hoped that its system would be the most
software-compatible, the most versatile unit available.
Weighing in at under ten pounds, the machine ran on AC or DC current.
A car lighter adapter cord was to be available so the obsessed
user can program in a car or on a boat.
Ultravision planned to release the Video Arcade System in the
summer of 1983 at a price between $875 and $1,000.
Cartridges Announced for the Ultravision VAS:
Condor Attack II
Dare Devil Driver
Quest for the Idol II
Spider Kong II