The Vectrex is very much an oddity in games console history. Developed as a concept and system by Smith Engineering, the Vectrex found its first release in North America in 1982, then in Europe and Japan the following year.
The Vectrex is a unique standalone system which incorporates a 9-inch CRT screen into an all-in-one unit. The system bucked the trend of consoles of the time running in full colour, by running with a monochrome monitor, but was able to accommodate colour ‘overlays’ on the screen.
The display on the Vectrex console is very striking due to the unique vector graphics which are bright and vivid due to the clever method used to generate the vectors using a standard CRT screen.
Unfortunate timing with the release date of the Vectrex meant that, although initial sales looked strong, the lifespan of the Vectrex console was limited due to the video game industry crash in 1983 in North America.
Whilst the Vectrex console was developed by Smith Engineering, it was manufactured by General Consumer Electronics initially, then by the Milton Bradley Company (MB) up until 1984, upon which the system was discontinued.
These days, the Vectrex is very much a collector’s item, often requiring maintenance and an overhaul when bargains are picked up. A common repair for the system is the centring spring on the control sticks, this and many other spare parts are available, typically on eBay and retro game specialists.
Find a Vectrex for Sale
We’re not going to beat around the bush. Buying a Vectrex is not a cheap business anymore! There are however bargains to be had, so if you are looking for a Vectrex for sale, eBay is absolutely your best bet.
Looking for a Vectrex emulator? Check out the best Vectrex emulator guide here.
A lifelong avid gamer and computing enthusiast, Matt has decades of experience in the field, so producing retro orientated content for How To Retro comes is second nature to him. Now over 40 years old, Matt now even considers himself retro, but fortunately, nobody has developed a Matt emulator (not yet at least!).