PC-50X Family

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The PC-50X is a family of video game consoles belonging to the first generation most prevalent in Europe at the end of the 1970s and in the early eighties, all produced in Asia.

Europe did not see the release of the Intellivision and Atari 2600 till the early 1980s. This allowed Pong to have a longer success.  Rather then creating a new machine for each new chip, developers took the General Instruments popular line of chips and slapped them into cartridges. These carts were not like ROM carts used in later systems.  They simply housed a specific General Instruments processor chip (AY-3-8xxx) with pin outs to interface with a console.

With the PC-50X cartridges available, console manufacturers were able to produce a machine that could play several games and market them at a low cost. The units were made in various countries and were marketed by many manufacturers. There are over two hundred console variations that use this technology. All consoles had the same overall design though, with two detachable controllers and 10 buttons located on the top of the machine, which were used to select the different games available on each cartridge.


The names change based on the manufacturer but the chipset and code do not.

List of PC-50X Game Cartridges
Cartridge Code Cartridge Chipset Cartridge Name Game Variations
PC-501 AY-3-8610 Super Sportic 8 variants of tennis + 2 games of shooting
PC-502 AY-3-8760 Motor Cycle 4 motorsport games
PC-503 AY-3-8710 Tank Battle 2 tank games
PC-504 AY-3-8603 Racing Cars 2 racing games
PC-505 AY-3-8605 Submarine 3 naval games
PC-506 AY-3-8606 Super Wipeout 10 destruction games
PC-507 AY-3-8607 Shooting Gallery 3 shooting games
PC-508 AY-3-8500 ? 6 Basic/Fundamental games Basic pong games (???)