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Odyssey 500

The Odyssey 500 was released in 1976, and was very advanced for that time considering the technology used. It was in fact the only system of its kind. As a matter of fact, the white paddles representing the players were replaced by simple color graphics: two tennis players with their rackets (TENNIS game), two squash players (SMASH & SOCCER?), or two hockey players holding their sticks (HOCKEY).

On the control panel, one can find two switches: one to select the playfield (a wall on the left, a central net or two walls with goals), and the other one to select player graphics (as described above). That's why the box claims there is a fourth game, Soccer. It's in fact a combination of the "hockey" playfield and "smash" player graphics!

Promotional text from the box:
- Works on any TV... color or black & white
- Digital on-screen scoring - displays each player's score
- Action sound - for game realism
- Vertical, horizontal, speed & English controls - for exciting action
- Automatic serve - adds greater challenge to each game
- Full color playing fields & players - Only when used with a color TV
- AC adapter included - for economical, battery-free use
- New All-Pro: Smash, Hockey, Tennis & Soccer


Contributors : New All-Pro: Smash, Hockey, Tennis, & Soccer

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NAME  Odyssey 500
YEAR  1976
BUILT IN GAMES  Smash, Hockey, Tennis
CONTROLLERS  3 knobs for each player (vertical movements, horizontal movements, english effect)
CPU  Unknown
SWITCHES  game selection, players graphic selection, power on/off
SCORE  On screen
SOUND  Built-in speaker
SIZE / WEIGHT  Unknown
I/O PORTS  RF TV video output
BATTERIES  6 x C cell batteries
POWER SUPPLY  External power supply
PRICE  Unknown

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