...at home 1976 3 quarters (3 stars) Dedicated System Hockey Magnavox / N.A.P. O Odyssey x00/x000 Paddle / Rotary Knob Sports Tennis

Odyssey 2000

Odyssey 2000After the baffling backward step of the Odyssey 400, Magnavox’s Odyssey 2000 saw a return to the Pong-inspired, single-paddle control scheme, with digital scoring restored as well – Magnavox had decided to rest the Brown Box design (and the subsequent variations on it) permanently in favor of, once again, the General Instruments AY-3-8500 “Pong on a chip” processor. Packaged in a red casing, this would be the last anyone would see of the smoothly rounded-off, integrated Odyssey console. The next system to bear the name would return to its roots – with wired controllers that weren’t necessarily stuck to the main console – and look forward, with a futuristic new design that stands up even today.

Tennis on the Odyssey 2000 Hockey on the Odyssey 2000
Smash on the Odyssey 2000Counter-clockwise from above right: Hockey, Tennis and Smash on the Odyssey 200.