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Odyssey 400

In 1976, Magnavox released the Odyssey 400. It played the same games as the Odyssey 200 and used an additional Texas Instruments chip to display digital on-screen scoring (it was the first Odyssey system to display digital on-screen scoring).

On-screen scoring was quite well designed. As a matter of fact, the scores were large and were only shown when the ball was lost, and a large 'W' letter was displayed on the winner's side when the games were over. Like the Odyssey 100 and 200, the Odyssey 400 used the same three knobs to move the bats and control the "english" effect on the ball.

Basically, the Odyssey 400 is essentially an updated Odyssey 200 with mainly an addition of automatic serve and on-screen digital scoring.

Promotional text from the box:

- Works on any TV... color or black & white
- Digital on-screen scoring
- Action sound
- Verical, horizontal, speed and english controls
- Automatic serve
- Hockey goalie/tennis doubles switch



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NAME  Odyssey 400
YEAR  1976
BUILT IN GAMES  tennis, hockey, smash
CONTROLLERS  3 knobs for each player (vertical movements, horizontal movements, english effect)
CPU  discrete components + Texas Instruments chips
SWITCHES  game selection, number of players (2 or 4), channel selection (3 or 4), sound (ON/OFF), power ON/OFF
SCORE  on screen scoring (digital numbers)
COLORS  Black & white
SOUND  Built-in speaker ?
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  RF TV video output
BATTERIES  6 x C cell batteries
POWER SUPPLY  9V DC, 100 mA external PSU - -(o- +
GUN  no
PRICE  100$ (USA, 1977)

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