Magnavox Odyssey gaming console


Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum

Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum
Paderborn, Germany

The Odyssey console laid the foundations for the video game era.
In 1966 Ralph Baer, a US engineer of German descent, filed a patent for a kind of ping-pong game.
This was ultimately granted in 1968.
It was not until 1972 that the game was distributed with a gaming console by Magnavox. Poor marketing meant that although the video game wasn’t a commercial flop, it wasn’t a resounding financial success either. Photo: Jan Braun, HNF


  • Title: Magnavox Odyssey gaming console
  • Creator: Magnavox
  • Date Created: 1972

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