Vectrex hardware specifications and add-onsEdit
The Vectrex used the speedier and more advanced Motorola 68A09 (6809) instead of the MOS Technology 6502 8-bit microprocessor found in early Apple, Atari, and Commodore computers. Likewise, its sound generator, a General Instrument AY-3-8910, supported a competitive three simultaneous channels of sound with a dynamic range of effects. The chip had been used in Mattel's earlier Intellivision (1980) and would also be included in the Atari ST (1985) and other computer systems.
In early 1984, a 3D Imager (headset) that simulated color was introduced and released in limited quantities. The 3D Imager came bundled with 3D Mine Storm - now in color with the use of the included Color Wheel and with obvious 3D enhancements.
The Vectrex Light Pen, which plugged into the second controller port and came bundled with the Art Master cartridge, allowed direct drawing and interaction on the Vectrex monitor. Other Light Pen software released included AnimAction, a more advanced drawing and animation program with included clip art, and Melody Master, a music education and composition program.