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Rather bizarre early entry into the video games market by Dutch electronic giant Philips. In the US the Videopac was sold by Magnavox – a Philips company – under the name of Odyssey2. The original Odyssey was a home Pong variant (in fact, some argue that Pong was the clone and not the other way around) that had considerable success in the 1970s.

The Videopac also had a touch sensitive keyboard, but the impression always was that this was more to convince bemused parents that they were getting little Johnny a ‘serious’ machine, rather than a toy like the Atari VCS or Intellivision. Needless to say, next to no software actually used the keyboard.

The Games

The usual mix of arcade clones and sports games. Pickaxe Pete was considered a minor classic.

Major events

1978
Magnavox release the Odyssey2 in the US

Emulators

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Features

Philips Videopac G7000

1.79MHz 8-bit Intel 8048 processor
Touch sensitive keyboard
Sold as the Magnavox Odyssey2 in North America and the Philips Odyssey in South America

Philips Videopac G7200

Released in Europe only
Included black-and-white monitor
Philips Videopac G7400+