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Version 1.10 Released
« on: October 19, 2016, 10:42:19 AM »
Version 1.10 of Vectrex32 is now available. The most notable change is that it now supports 3D graphics (similar to those in the Battlezone and Tail Gunner arcade games, not requiring 3D glasses). There are also significant bug fixes.

Version 1.10 makes 3D graphics easy. You define your shapes with (x, y, z) coordinates, set their rotation with pitch, roll, and yaw angles, and position the objects in a 3D world. Then, you specify the position and direction of the virtual camera to determine what the player sees. Throughout all of this, you don't need to do any trigonometry; the Vectrex32 does all the work of converting the 3D scene into an image on the screen.

A couple of users have run into bugs that cause Out of Memory errors. Those bugs have been fixed.

More information about the new features and bug fixes can be found at http://vectrex32.com/category/documentation/. The release notes describe more bug fixes and the Vectrex32 manual discusses programming 3D graphics.

If you already own a Vectrex32, you will probably want to upgrade the firmware. Vectrex32 has a built-in mechanism for upgrading the firmware but, sadly, it has fatal bugs. So I am going to have to do a recall and upgrade your cartridges myself. This is my fault, so I will cover the cost of your shipping. I apologize for the inconvenience.

If you are in the US and you send me your Vectrex32, I will refund $7 of your purchase price. This will cover your cost of shipping by USPS Priority Mail. You may buy insurance at your discretion. Remember to include your return address with the Vectrex32!!

If you are outside of the US, I will refund $15 of your purchase price. If this is insufficient to cover your shipping costs, please contact me. You may buy insurance at your discretion. Since you are returning the Vectrex32 for repair and it will be sent back to you, neither of us are legally required to pay customs fees. Please explain to your post office that you already paid customs and that you are returning this, and ask them how to mark the package to avoid customs charges. Remember to include your return address with the Vectrex32!!

Send your Vectrex32 to:
   Robert Alexander
   6 Robinson Drive
   Bedford, MA 01730
   United States of America