I made a simple USB power box using a spare USB extension cable, a Sega Genesis/Megadrive joystick extension cable (DB9 plug end) and a plastic box which a Raspberry Pi came in years ago 😉
To make you own, all you need to do is use a USB socket (or cut one from a USB extension cable as I did), and connect the two outer VCC and GND pins on the socket to pins 7 (+5V) and 8 (GND) on the DB9 joystick extension cable. Add shrink tubing to the DB9 plug cable and solder the wires to the relevant pins on the USB socket.
Once you are happy with the soldered connections, shrink the shrink tubing to protect (or do as I did, cover in hot glue and hide your sins in a box 😉 )
Now, you must shave the end of the plastic plug to fit the Vectrex port and you are good to go!
Please note :
I do not accept any responsibility for damage to your Vectrex by using the USB power cable, use at your own risk!
As I didn’t have time to write any new Xmas themed games for 2016, I thought I’d make a little festive mod to one of my existing ones.
“Xmas Space Race” plays the same as the hidden 2 player game “Space Race“, found on my “Galaxy Wars : Space Launcher” cartridge. This version adds Christmas trees and a single player mode where you race against the Vectrex!
Just for fun, I made a simple vector clock for Vectrex. Dont expect the timing to be super accurate but it does stay in sync for quite some time 😉
You can adjust the hour by pressing and holding button1 and holding the joystick in the left or right direction to adjust. Minutes are adjusted in the same way with button 2. Button 3 resets the second hand and button 4 toggles minute/second dots on/off. The clock plays one of 13 different pieces of music every hour.
Instructions for making your own Sega Light Phaser to Vectrex Lightgun adapter. I’ll be making some of these available with the first lightgun compatible cartridge I produce. Stay tuned for more info 😉
Parts needed :
1 x Genesis/Atari cable (with all pins connected)
1x DB9 plug
1x DB9 hood
Tools Used :
Hot Glue gun
The first job is to test continuity on the pins on the joystick connector with a multimeter to identify which coloured wires to use.
SMS Pin 7 (Light sensor) to Vectrex Pin 4 (Button 4)
SMS Pin 6 (Trigger) to Vectrex Pin 3 (Button 3)
SMS Pin 5 (+5v) to Vectrex Pin 7 (+5v)
SMS Pin 8 (GND) to Vectrex Pin 8 (GND)
On the cable I used the wires are as follows :
Yellow : Light Sensor
Orange/Peach : Trigger
Grey : +5v
Black : GND
Next we isolate these wires and strip them for soldering to the plug.
On the plug, we solder to pins 5,6,7 and 8 using the pin mapping listed above.
Once soldering is complete, you should attach the DB9 hood and test the lightgun is working on the Vectrex. You may need to cut away part of the plastic connector with a craft knife to allow the connector to properly insert into the Vectrex. If you are unsure how to cut it, refer to the standard Vectrex connector shape.
If it is not working as expected, check pin-mapping and continuity with a multimeter and correct any mistakes made.
If working successfully with Vectrex, remove the top of the DB9 hood, add hot glue to hold the connections and attach the hood again.
Leave the glue to solidify for a few hours and then enjoy your new lightgun adapter!
Some of the forthcoming lightgun (and lightpen) compatible games are previewed in VectrexRoli’s video below :