* CPU: 8084 Intel 1.79 Mhz
* RAM: 16Kb
* ROM: 16Kb
* Video: 256 x 192
* Colors: 16
* Sound: 1 Audio Channel
* Additional Feature: It is backward compatible with Videopac G7000
MESS emulation of g7400 requires a "cartridge" (cart) to work, either in .bin or .rom format. Keyboard
This system requires full keyboard emulation to work correctly. At startup, full keyboard emulation mode is enabled by default. Whilst in full keyboard emulation mode, some key associated functionality may be disabled (like the ESC key for EXIT). The keyboard emulation mode is toggled using the "Scroll Lock" key (by default).
The emulation of this system is Preliminary.
History and Trivia
Released in Europe during 1983, the G7400 was the next generation console for Philips. It featured the basic components of a Philips Videopac, plus a new graphic chipset, the "Plus". Philips intended to sell the new hardware for at least a couple of years, with plans for more than fifty Videopac cartridges. Due to the collapse of computer/console market in 1984, however, this promising console never took a great hold on the market, and the fifty cartridges quickly became four.
It seems there was also a plan to release this system in the United States with the name "Odyssey 3", under the Magnavox label, but it seems that no unit ever reached the market.
The first Videopac game to take advantage of the enhanced capabilities of the G7400 was "Terrahawks" (Videopac 51). Also some older Videopac cartridges such as "Race", "Stonesling", "Satellite Attack", "Freedom Fighters" and "Pickaxe Pete", were re-released for the upgraded console. In the majority of cases, these games were made backwards compatible with the old G7000 and, due to the limited space available on the carts, the enhancements reduced to addition of colourful backgrounds.
Four carts only were produced with exclusive support for the G7400: "Helicopter Rescue", "Norseman" and "Trans American Rally" and the "Microsoft Basic Expansion Module".
There exist various variations of the G7400: the Jopac JO7400, the Schneider G74+ and the Radiola Jet 741.
(info from Odyssey FAQs and videopac.org)
* videopac.org -- http://www.videopac.org/
* Dan Boris' Odyssey2 Page -- http://www.atarihq.com/danb/o2.shtml
* o2em for DOS -- http://o2em.sourceforge.net/