Re: vic20 / vic 20 version 2 / c64

From: Anders Carlsson <>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 23:30:35 +0200
Message-ID: <8AE4CAD75AD34B9C90A894F84CDFE912@ZAPACASUS>
Didier Derny wrote:

> I was not aware that the vic20 cr existed - looks great

I think the stealth factor in that the first two-prong and the later 
DIN-style VIC-20's look the same except for the power connector and power 
button, makes a lot of people unaware about the different models, in 
particular if you consider two-prongs with the Helvetica keyboard. To add 
even more confusion, there is a difference between US/Japanese two-prongs 
and European two-prongs in the dimensions of the connector, but of course in 
that case there is a NTSC/PAL difference as well.

I don't know which out of the two-prong and DIN-style VIC's sold the biggest 
numbers or whenever the switch occurred, but given the C64 was released in 
the fall of 1982, I'd imagine the VIC-20CR to have appeared no later than 
early 1983, in a cost saving measure. In my first stint of VIC-20 usage in 
the 80's, I only saw the CR model and it was not until I picked up 
collecting again in the mid 1990's that I came across a two-prong model.

Best regards

Anders Carlsson

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