This is a unique device from the 80s that only exists in rumors.
In the decade of the 80s the console was known as Vectrex it included some innovative elements such as integrated screens and vector-based graphics, but unfortunately he was a victim of what was called the videogame crisis in 1983.
Interestingly, in 2003, Edge magazine revealed an alleged existence Vectrex Mini noted that a fan had seen a mini console at the presidential desk of a manufacturing company during a tour of facilities in the early 80s.
Even about 8 years ago someone who claimed to be a relative of someone who worked at Milton Bradley shared some scanned images of alleged Mini Vectrex, which in some ways reinforced the idea that the product was at least in the planning stage.
Well, even though Vectrex Mini is only mentioned in rumors, now we have that National Video Game Museum in Frisco, Texas has fully confirmed its existence because they have managed to get a prototype for their collection (via Gizmodo).
We have heard that it is recommended that the Mini Vectrex is just a mock-up and not a real system at all. We have taken a separate unit and inside is a complete authentic circuit from the original Vectrex console. pic.twitter.com/1VV1NG7SRl
– National Videogame Museum (@nvmusa) November 16, 2018
And for those who doubt the truth, the museum even restores the device and makes it work, as you can see in the video below:
IT'S ALIIIIVE! We dug a little deeper into the Mini Vectrex console this weekend and we are happy to report it now back to work! See this console video in action! pic.twitter.com/9PFlcnYQlr
– National Videogame Museum (@nvmusa) November 19, 2018
The mini version of the Vectrex console comes with a screen, controls and even integrates the handle to hold it from above and can carry it, so it clearly looks like a device that is the inspiration for today's laptops like Nintendo Replace.
what do you think?