Sega Genesis Game Console Specifications

sega Genesis Video Game Console

  • Manufacturer: Sega
  • Product Name: Genesis / Mega Drive
  • UPC: 010086016109
  • Part Number: #MK-1601
  • Release Date: August 14, 1989 (USA)
  • Manufactured:  Japan
  • Console Dimensions: 7.48 in" x 10.24 in" x 2.87 in"
  • Weight: 38.8oz
  • Download Owners Manual: Sega Genesis (NTSC)

Sega Genesis Video Game Console

  • CPU: 16-bit Motorola 68000 running at 7.61 MHz
  • Co-processor: Zilog Z80 running at 4 MHz (Not Present in model MK-1631) controls PSG (Programmable Sound Generator) & FM Chips
  • RAM: 64 Kbytes
  • ROM: 1 Mbytes (8-Mbit)
  • Graphics: VDP (Video Display Processor) dedicated video display processor for playfield and sprite control, 3 Planes, 2 scrolling playfields, 1 sprite plane, VRAM: 64 Kbytes (Video Ram), Colors Available: 512,  Max. Colours on screen: 64, CRAM: 64 x 9-kbit (Colour RAM), Pixel Resolution: 320 x 224, 40 x 28 text display mode
  • Video Port: Composite
  • Audio: Texas Instruments PSG (Programmable Sound Generator) TI 76489 chip, Yamaha YM 2612 FM chip, Signal/Noise Ratio: 14dB, Sound Channels: 6 stereo sound channels, Sound RAM: 8 Kbytes
  • Game Media: 16bit Rom Cartridge
  • Controller Ports: 2 or 4 (depends on model)

Sega Genesis Special Notes

  • Side Expansion Port:  Allows 1st generation model to connect to a CD disk reader for expanded games
  • X32 Pack: An adapter that fit into the top game cartridge port, allowing the unit to play 32bit game cartridges
  • CD Expansion: An adapter created to work with the side expansion port that allowed the first generation model to play higher video quality and larger size games
  • North American Model: was called the Genesis and the European/Asian model Mega Drive
  • Three official Genesis Models were released:  Genesis was the original full featured model, Genesis second release was smaller with less features, Genesis 3 was a compact basic model that only worked with game the 16bit game cartridges.
  • Online Access: Was able to connect to the Sega Internet Network via a Cartridge based Modem.
  • Unique Variations: Genesis Nomad a hand held version utilizing the full size game carts, Genesis CDX a CD game disk independent unit, Sega TeraDrive a mega drive version that was built into an independent computer.

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