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By autumn 1975, Magnavox, bowing to the popularity of Pong, canceled the Odyssey and released a scaled-down version that played only Pong and hockey, the Odyssey 100.
A second, "higher end" console, the Odyssey 200, was released with the 100 and added on-screen scoring, up to four players, and a third game—Smash.
They were played on massive computers connected to vector displays, not analog televisions. Baer conceived the idea of a home video game in 1951.
In the late 1960s, while working for Sanders Associates, Baer created a series of video game console designs.
After General Instrument released their inexpensive microchips, each containing a complete console on a single chip, many small developers began releasing consoles that looked different externally, but internally were playing exactly the same games.Crippled by a small, fragile LCD display and a very narrow selection of games, it was discontinued two years later.The Epoch Game Pocket Computer was released in Japan in 1984.RCA and Atari soon released their own cartridge-based consoles, the RCA Studio II and the Atari 2600 (originally branded as the Atari Video Computer System), respectively.The first handheld game console with interchangeable cartridges was the Microvision designed by Smith Engineering, and distributed and sold by Milton-Bradley in 1979.