The Magnavox Odyssey was the first video game console, released in 1972. Although the first video games appeared in the 1950s, they were
played on massive computers connected to vector displays, not analog televisions. Ralph H. Baer conceived the idea of a home video game
The Odyssey consists of a white, black, and brown box which connects to a television set and two rectangular controllers attached by wires.
The primary console box connects to the television set through an included switchbox, which allows the player to switch the television
input between the Odyssey and the regular television input cable, and presents itself like a television channel. The controllers, which
are designed to sit on a flat surface, contain one button marked Reset on the top of the controller and three knobs: one on the right
side of the controller, and two on the left with one extending from the other. The reset button does not reset the game, but instead is
used by different games to reset individual elements, such as making a player’s dot visible after it is turned off during a game. The
system can be powered by six C batteries, which were included. An optional AC power supply was sold separately. The Odyssey lacks sound
capability and can only display monochrome white shapes on a blank black screen.
It is capable of displaying three square dots on the screen in monochrome black and white, with different behavior of the dots depending
on the game played, and has no sound capabilities. Players place plastic overlays on the screen to create visuals, and the one or two
players for each game control their dots with the three knobs and one button on the controller in accordance with the rules given for the
game. The Odyssey console came packaged with dice, paper money, and other board game paraphernalia to go along with the games, and a
peripheral controller—the first video game light gun—was sold separately.
– DATE MADE
Baer, Ralph H.
– PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
plastic (overall material)
overall: 3 3/4 in x 16 1/2 in x 16 1/2 in; 9.525 cm x 41.91 cm x 41.91 cm
A total of 28 games distributed on 11 different game cards were released for the Magnavox Odyssey. 13 games were included with the
console—a set of 12 in America and a different set of 10 in other countries—with 6 others available for purchase.
list of Few games with Pictures:
1- Table Tennis