Ultravision VAS Pic 1

  • 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 to use."

  • 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 and camera.

  • 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 VAS Pic 2

  • 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:

  • Baseball Top
  • B-52 Bomber
  • Condor Attack II
  • Dare Devil Driver
  • Emergency I
  • Football
  • Karate II
  • Quest for the Idol II
  • Space War
  • Spider Kong II
  • Swimming Contest
  • Unexpected Dangers

  • Go to previous page