The first DTV, released to the market for the 2004 Christmas season. It is a Direct-to-TV game, similar to games previously made by Jakk's Pacific. It includes 30 built-in games, and was immediatly a smash-hit with Commodore enthusiasts and hackers. Mammoth Toys produced the units with the software included licensed from Ironstone Partners. QVC purchased the entire first production run of 250,000 units and sold 70,000 of them the first day they were offered.
Hardware -The Version 1 was only sold in North America and outputs NTSC video only. A PS/2 keyboard and a Commodore disk drive can be added easily, just by adding the ports. Unfortunatly, it has 4 of the 5 required connections for the second joystick port (it is missing the up direction). So it isn't very feasable to add a second joystick. The video also suffers from something that has been named the "moire" effect. This is mostly due to a fluctuation in the chroma signal (as it is almost imperceptible on a black and white monitor) which is caused by a poor redesign at the factory to reduce cost. So far, nobody has come up with a quick and easy way to fix it. The version 1 does have 128K of RAM, and a palette of 256 colors (16 gray shades with 16 chroma values) But cannot display 256 colors simultaneously (without raster tricks). You can reprogram the primary 16 colors to any value you want.
|30 Built-In Games||Hacks / Mods||Hardware|
|Connector Pinouts||Chroma Problem|
Easter Eggs - There are many Easter-eggs available on the Version 1. If you wiggle the joystick left and right very quickly during the startup (right about the time you see the typical Commodore bootup screen) you'll be presented with an alternate menu. It contains several small competition games (4K or less on most) of which many are better than some of the "feature" games that come with the unit. (I specifically like Splatform and Minima Reloaded) Also you can choose to enter BASIC and you can use the joystick as a virtual keyboard to do just about anything you want.
Compatibility - Even after attaching a keyboard and disk drive, the Version 1 DTV isn't 100% compatible with all Commodore 64 software. In fact, so far there has never been an extensive enough database to give it an accurate percentage of compatibility. In my own personal experience, I give it about 70% compatible. However, the lack of a Joystick port #1 means some games will run but can't be played. However, there are projects going on to convert many of those games to port #2.