1. Magnavox Odyssey 1972
Atari’s classic Pong console usually gets the credit for being the first commercially available video game console, but it was actually the Magnavox Odyssey that holds the record. Released in 1972, The Odyssey’s version of tennis came out over three years before Atari’s — and landed the Pong creators in court. It spawned plenty of imitators, but the Odyssey was the first video game system designed for a normal television, and resides in The Smithsonian today.