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Well, what can i say, this is the big one. I believe the Odyssey to be the Holy Grail of retro systems as i hope many of you will agree and that has got to be a must for any serious collector. The Magnavox Odyssey or Magnavox Odyssey ITL200 to use its proper title was the world’s first home video game console. This console has to be the cream of my collection or should i say consoles due to me being lucky enough to source a run 1 and a run 2 model. I will explain these differences further into the post.
The Magnavox Odyssey was the brainchild of Ralph Baer who had started designing the system around 1966. It was over the next two years due to Ralphs commitment, perceveirance and determination he eventually had a working prototype that was finally finished in 1968.
The magnavox was a pretty basic machine with simple components, it was so simple that it even run batteries. As for the game play that was also quite basic as well.
The Philips CD-i (Compact Disc Interactive) player was a 16-bit CD ROM based system that was released to us in 1991 priced $699.00.
In March 1986, the first public announcement was made of a new product – Compact Disc Interactive in the first industry conference in the US to promote CD-ROM. Because of this a provisional standard called The Green Book was later issued in May.
Initially, the Philips CD-i was not really promoted as a gaming platform although many hundreds of gaming titles were released. In advertising, Philips highlighted and pushed the CD-i’s Multimedia applications that the system was capable of performing.
The Philips CD-i player 200 series includes the 205, 210 and 220 models. These models in the 200 series were designed for general consumption, and were available at major home electrical stores around the world. The Philips CD-i 910 was the most basic American version compared to that of the CD-i 205.
The Philips CD-i player 300 series includes the 310, 350, 360 and the 370 models. The 300 series consists of portable players designed for the professional market and not available to home consumers. A popular use for this range was by pharmaceuticals to provide product information to physicians, as the devices could be transported by sales representatives.