These cartridges are
often called "PC-50x" due to their references (x stands for the last digit which
varies from 1 to 8). They work with many systems, most of which were
manufactured in Asia and sold in Europe under various brands and models (see the SD
050 and SD 070/090 pages for examples). For that
reason, a same cartridge can have a different name, as shown below. Each
cartridge contains a single dedicated chip made by General
Instruments (GI). This chip actually contians most of the game circuits, so much
that one would see the game on a TV set by combining the video signals of the
chip and sending them to the baseband video input of the set. In other words, the console
is more an interface than a real videogame system.
Due to their wide market, several variants exist for a same cartridge. In addition to different tiles, their label may show a manufacturer, and their plastic case exist both in black and cream colors. For example, the PC-501 cartridge exists in two colors, with and without Hanimex label, with the names of Supersportic, Supersportif and others. A few manufacturers used their own numbering, probably to catch more clients. For Rollet released the PC-501 as 4/305.
These cartridges were sold in a little carton box and had a very small user manual of a few pages.
The table below summarizes the eight cartridges released:
|Reference||French title||English title||Rarity|
|PC-501||Surpersportif||Sports / Supersportic||Common|
|PC-503||Bataille de chars||Tank Battle||Very rare|
|PC-504||Course de voitures GP||Racing cars / Grand Prix / Race Car GP||Common|
|PC-506||Jeu de destruction||Super Wipeout||Common|
|PC-507||Jeux de tir||Shooting Gallery||Rare|
|PC-508||6 jeux de base||Fundamental||Very rare|
|PC-50x cartridges contain
a bakelite circuit board with poor quality solders.
In this example, the GI chip is the AY-3-8610 (8 pong variants + 2 target shooting
PC-501 cartridge with two different names (french on cartridge, english on box)
|PC-502 cartridge: four motor racing games:
an Atari Stunt Cycle clone, as shows in the PONG in a Chip page.
|The PC-503 cartridge: two tank battle games.
This cartridge is quite rare. It uses the AY-3-8710 chip.
A few other systems like the Coleco Telstar Combat used this chip.
|The PC-504 cartridge: two car racing games.
This is the RACE game mentioned in the PONG in a Chip page.
Below: Rollet version (reference 4/306).
Note the inverted screens and slightly different text
(click the image to view in larger size).
|The PC-505 cartridge: three naval battle games.
Listed as Submarine in the PONG in a Chip page.
The cartridge shows the french name, whereas the box shows the english one.
|The PC-507 cartridge (target shooting games).
This is the Rollet version, reference 4/310.
Click the picture to view in larger size.