This is a unique device of the 80s, which existed only in rumors.
In the decade of the 80s, a console known as Vectrex which included some innovative elements, such as integrated on-screen graphics and vector-based graphics, but unfortunately it was the victim of the so-called video game crisis in 1983.
It is interesting to note that in 2003, Edge magazine revealed the alleged existence Vectrex mini noting that the fan saw the mini-console on the table of the president of the production company during the inspection of objects in the early 80s.
About 8 years ago, someone who claimed to be a relative of a man who worked at Milton Bradley shared some scanned images of an alleged Mini Vectrex that somehow reinforced the idea that the product was, at least, planning stages.
Well, although the Vectrex Mini is only mentioned in rumors, we now have that the National Museum of Video Games in Frisco, Texas, has fully confirmed its existence, as they managed to get a prototype for their collection (through Gizmodo).
We heard that he suggested that the Mini Vectrex was just a layout, and not a real system at all. We have already separated the block, and inside it there is a complete, authentic diagram of the original Vectrex console. pic.twitter.com/1VV1NG7SRl
– National Museum of Video Games (@nvmusa) November 16, 2018
And for those who doubted its veracity, the museum even restored the device and made it work, as you can see in the video below:
IT'S ALL! This weekend we plunged into the Mini Vectrex console, and we are pleased to announce that she has returned to working order! Check out this video on the remote! pic.twitter.com/9PFlcnYQlr
– National Museum of Video Games (@nvmusa) November 19, 2018
The mini version of the Vectrex console comes with a screen, controls and even integrates a handle to hold it from above and can be transported, so it certainly looks like a device that was the inspiration for modern notebooks such as the Nintendo Switch.
What do you think?