Odyssey 2001

Odyssey 2001 - 01
Magnavox, the originator of the home video game systems, did not limit
the sales of the systems to the USA.
If the Odyssey and its derivates sold between 1972 and 1977, at least
four systems were sold abroad.
The first is the Odyssey, which was sold in 1974 in more than ten
But 1974 was not yet the era of those video game systems sold by
millions in the world, so the sales of the Odyssey were quite poor.
The next system was an austrian clone of the Magnavox Odyssey 200:
the Philips Odyssey 200.
This system was probably sold in Germany as well, but this is not yet
confirmed. This system also had a poor success.
The two next ones were much more successful: the Odyssey 2001 and the
Odyssey 2100 from Philips.

The Odyssey 2001 is nearly same than the Magnavox Odyssey 4000,
but it didn't offer the same games.
Based around the MM-57105 chip from NS, it offered three games in color:
Sound came directly from the TV set (instead of the console, like the
majority of the other PONG systems).
The chip delivered a composite video signal in color, so the picture was
of a much higher quality than the one delivered by the systems based
around a GI chip.
The game selection was simply done by pressing the button of one of the
two controllers, so the users could directly switch from a
game to another.
The documentation of this console exists in ten languages, although
only four foreign patents were shown on the back side of the system.
The number of countries where this system sold is still unknown.
This system is obviously much rarer than the other european ones,
but it is still not very difficult to find.	   


This is an exclusive european version derived from Magnavox pong systems
(the Magnavox Odyssey 4000 has the same case), as Philips owned Magnavox
at this time.
It offers three games in color (Tennis, Hockey & Squash) via a National
Semiconductor chip.
There are 6 game variations, automatic speed adjustment and the active
player gets highlighted. 

There are absolutely no button or switch on this system,
all settings are made with the two buttons on the controllers.
One button is used to select a game while the other one resets
the game.
These paddles are very similar to those of the later
Odyssey²/Videopac systems, except that they have knobs instead of sticks. 


Manufacturer Philips Name Odyssey 2001
Type Console Origine USA
Introduction Date 1977 End of production ???
Built in Language ??? Keyboard None
CPU National Semiconductor MM-57105-N Speed ???
Coprocessor ??? Amount of Ram ???
Vram ??? Rom ??
Text Modes ??? Graphic Modes ???
Colors ??? Sound through TV speaker
Size / Weight ??? Built in Media None
I/O Ports RF TV video output (VHF channel 3) OS -
Power Supply External (9v DC) Introduction Price ???
Sold ??? Serial Number ???
Other Extras Boxed Bought Where Ebay
Bought When January 22, 2003 Condition Unknown
Price Paid 31€ Specs of my Model -
Setup Today -

Nicely Boxed Inside the Box

A lot of plastic The Motherboard

Serial Number
Odyssey 2001-01:

Bought on ebay (22/01/2003).
Paid 25€ + 6€ shipping costs