Artifact Details

Title

Magnavox Odyssey TV video game system

Catalog Number

102741395

Type

Physical object

Date

1976

Manufacturer

Magnavox Company

Place Manufactured

Tennessee, U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Model number T991-20
Other number 591684-20 On a label on the back of the object.
Other number 63915377 On a label on the back of the object.

Dimensions

overall: 17 in x 25 3/4 in x 18 in

Category

Game

Curator Notes

The Magnavox Odyssey TV video game system came equipped with three games – Tennis, Hockey, and Smash. The games were two-player Pong-like variants that could be played at two skill levels – slow, with small players, or fast with large players. Turning the knobs clockwise on the controllers moved the players up, while a counter-clockwise rotation moved them down – a game feature analogous to Pong’s paddle. One advantage of the built-in Odyssey was clearer picture quality as the video signal was direct instead of going through an “RF modulator” to connect to a TV. In contrast to the original Odyssey’s overlay “graphics,” the system had color video graphics as well as sound. However, the Odyssey TV only had modest sales. Pressing the topmost button on the TV could switch the set from game mode to a standard television that could receive VHF and UHF channels.

Credit

Gift of Albert Valcour

Lot Number

X7490.2015