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.
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