Brown Box and Magnavox Odyssey: Pictures of the first video game console ever
At the Games Convention Online the first video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, as well as its prototype, the Brown Box, was on display.
On January 27, 1972 the production of the first video game console of history began: Even before Atari setup the first Pong arcade, the Magnavox Odyssey was rolling of the assembly line. It is based on a prototype called Brown Box which had been developed by game pioneer Ralph Baer in 1968.
The Odyssey used simple technology: Processors weren't used; instead the first video game console utilized hardwired circuits. The game cartridges only contain some wires that activate the necessary components. Game boards and transparencies are included in the range of delivery to upgrade the primitive games of the console, which has to be attached to the TV. All titles are intended for multiplayer usage because A.I. has not been available back then and gamers had to record the results themselves since the console is too weak to manage and display scores.
In May 1972 the Odyssey finally hit the market, but regardless of the big advertising campaign the success was far beyond the expectations. Nevertheless: a new market has been created. In our gallery you can find pictures of the Odyssey and the Brown Box. Have fun!