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Magnavox Odyssey

The Magnavox Odyssey was the World's first home video game console. It was first demonstrated on May 24, 1972 and released in August of that year, pre-dating the Atari Pong home consoles by three years.

It was designed by Ralph Baer, who began around 1966 and had a working prototype finished by 1968.

The Magnavox Odyssey was a cartridge based console allowing it to play a different game simply by inserting a different game card.

Although the console itself was black and white, colour was added to the games by use of a screen overlay that attached to the screen of your CRT television.

Our Magnavox Odyssey was kindly donated by Jason Fitzpatrick.

Manufacturer: Magnavox
Date: August 1972

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH16909. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 
Magnavox Odyssey


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