Odyssey (Platform)

Logo for Odyssey (US)


The Magnavox Odyssey was the very first home video game system. Created by Ralph Baer ("The Father of home video games"). The system was released in May 1972 and reportedly sold over 100,000 units that year.

The Odyssey is made of transistors, resistors, and capacitors. There are no real hardware "specs". Odyssey used cards that contained pin outs to change game settings. Plastic overlays that could be placed over the TV screen created graphics and color, but the actual display consisted of white squares (Paddle and ball) on an all black background.

This version was sold only in Magnavox stores.



Release dates:
1972-5 (NA)
Manufacturer:
Developers:
Generation:
First generation
PLATFORM TYPE:
Console
Introduction price:
99 USD
ALTERNATIVE NAME:
Magnavox Odyssey; Odysee; Odisea; Odissea
Operating SystemCPU
MemoryStorage
GraphicsSound
Online serviceOutput
Supported ResolutionsConnectivity

Other versions

No image

Odyssey (Export)

Export version of the Magnavox Odyssey. Shipped with manual in English, German and Spanish. The games Cat & Mouse, Haunted House, Roulette, and States were replaced with Wipeout and Volleyball....
No image

ITT Odyssee

One of two versions of the Magnavox Odyssey that was officialy licensed from Magnavox. The ITT Odyssee was the first home video game console released in Europe. Released only in Germany all of the...
No image

Odyssey (German Export)

German Export version of the Magnavox Odyssey. Shipped with the same games as the standard Export Version. Shipped with two German manuals. It is unknown why Magnavox exported this system to...
No image

Odisea (Mexico Export)

Mexican Export version of the Magnavox Odyssey. For the Mexican market all accessories were changed from English to Spanish.
No image

Odissea (Italian Export)

Italian Export version of the Magnavox Odyssey.

Games released on Odyssey

Sorting
Rating
Title
Release Date
Baseball
December 31st, 1972 (46 years ago)
Odyssey
Table Tennis
December 31st, 1972 (46 years ago)
Odyssey
Simon Says
December 31st, 1972 (46 years ago)
Odyssey
Analogic
December 31st, 1972 (46 years ago)
Odyssey
Haunted House
December 31st, 1972 (46 years ago)
Odyssey
Submarine
December 31st, 1972 (46 years ago)
Odyssey
Roulette
December 31st, 1972 (46 years ago)
Odyssey
States
December 31st, 1972 (46 years ago)
Odyssey
Ski
December 31st, 1972 (46 years ago)
Odyssey
Cat and Mouse
December 31st, 1972 (46 years ago)
Odyssey