History of video games/Platforms/Magnavox Odyssey²

History edit

Launch edit

The Magnavox Odyssey² was preceded by the original Magnavox Odyssey game console and the Odyssey series of dedicated consoles. Unlike those consoles, the Magnavox Odyssey² featured a full computer, and could run games on cartridges.

The Magnavox Odyssey² was launched in 1978 at a cost of $100.[1] Early titles often had poor support for the keyboard and other system features, though support improved over time.[2] A voice module was also released, which was another feature which was panned for its poor integration with games.[3]

Legacy edit

Magnavox Odyssey² production ended in March of 1984,[4] correlating with the Video Game Crash. The system had been on the market for a fairly long time, indicating company investment in the system.

The system was followed by the Philips Videopac+ G7400 in European markets, though this successor system too was scrapped during the Video Game Crash.

Technology edit

An Intel 8048 similar to the one used in the Magnavox Odyssey²

The CPU of the Magnavox Odyssey² was an 8-bit Intel 8048 clocked at 1.79 megahertz.[1][5] The system had 64 bytes of RAM and 128 bytes of video RAM.[1][5]

The Odyssey² has a built in membrane keyboard with 49 keys.[6]

Notable games edit

  • Quest for the Rings - An early video game to use a companion board game.[2][7]
  • Stone Sling[7]
  • Turtles[7]

Gallery edit

Console edit

Internals edit

References edit

  1. a b c "History of Consoles: Magnavox Odyssey 2 (1978) Gamester 81". Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  2. a b Kunkel, Bill; Katz, Arnie (21 November 1981). "THE VIDEOGAMES: HOW THEY RATE (Published 1981)". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/1981/11/21/style/the-videogames-how-they-rate.html. 
  3. "Home Video Games: Video Games Update". www.atarimagazines.com. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  4. "The Odyssey2 Timeline! - The Odyssey² Homepage!". www.the-nextlevel.com. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  5. a b "Home Page". Video Game Console Library. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  6. "When Video Game Consoles Wanted (and Failed) to Be Computers". www.vice.com. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  7. a b c "List of Magnavox Odyssey² games". Wikipedia. 25 January 2021. Retrieved 11 February 2021.