History of video games/Platforms/APF TV Fun series

History edit

APF was based in Queens, New York City.

Background edit

Before making the APF TV Fun, APF made consumer electronics like calculators.[1]

Launch edit

The APF TV Fun model 401 was released in 1976 for $125.[2][3] The system sold very well with 400,000 first year sales,[4] and lead APF to make more game consoles.[3]

In February 1977, the TV Fun Model 405 was launched.[5]

Legacy edit

The APF-MP1000 followed the system, featuring much better capabilities and design.

Technology edit

Casing tended to be shared between models of APF TV Fun.[6] Systems were manufactured in Japan.[7]

401 edit

The APF model 401 uses a General Instrument AY-3-8500 chip, and takes 6 C type batteries.[2][3] A CD4071 chip handles video output on the APF model 401.[8]

402 edit

The 402 also uses a General Instrument AY-3-8500 chip but has an additional General Instrument AY-3-8515 chip to add color graphics capability to the system.[9]

Notable games edit

  • Handball[3]
  • Squash[3]
  • Baseball
  • Hockey[3]
  • Soccer

The APF TV Fun 402 supported two light gun games.[9]

Gallery edit

APF TV Fun 402C console edit

APF TV Fun Controllers edit

APF TV Fun 402C Internals edit

External Resources edit

References edit

  1. "TheGameConsole.com: APF TV Fun Model 401 Game Console". www.thegameconsole.com. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  2. a b "OLD-COMPUTERS.COM : The Museum". www.old-computers.com. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  3. a b c d e f "pongmuseum.com - APF TV Fun - Model 401". pongmuseum.com. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  4. Edwards, Benj (2 September 2016). "Ed Smith And The Imagination Machine: The Untold Story Of A Black Video Game Pioneer". Fast Company. https://www.fastcompany.com/3063298/ed-smith-and-the-imagination-machine-the-untold-story-of-a-black-vid. 
  5. "APF TV Fun model 405 retro gaming console". Vox Odyssey. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  6. "APF TV Fun". Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  7. "APF TV FUN 401". IT History Society. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  8. "APF TV Fun console repair". www.raphnet.net. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  9. a b "APF TV Fun Consoles". AtariAge Forums. Retrieved 17 November 2020.