BSS 01

Nickname: TV-Spiel, RFT TV-Spiel
Predecessor: -
Successor: -
Release Date: 31/12/1979
Discontinued Date: 31/12/1983
Additional Sizes: -
Display Palette: 2 Colors (Black and White)
Initial Price: 500, 550 or 620 East German Mark
Supported Game Media:

BSS 01 is the only home console that was released in East Germany from 1980 to 1984. The console can be found also as TV-Spiel or RFT TV-Spiel and was released with an initial price of 500, 550 or 620 East German Mark, that are about the half of the monthly salary at that time. About 1000 units were produced, 800 black units and 200 whites. The console name comes from the German word Bildschirmspiel 01, meaning Screen Game 01 or Video Screen Game 01.

The console has black and white output, while the speaker output is internal in the console and doesn't come from the TV. There were plans for a successor, called BSS 02, probably with colored output, however there aren't much info about these plans.

The console can be found with minor differences in colors (housing color, paddles color, right buttons colors.) However, the left buttons are always black and the top right on/off button is always red. Lastly, the console uses the General Instrument's AY-3-8500-7 chipset that allows the game play of four games: Tennis (Pong clone), Fußball (Association football), Squash, Pelota. All the games declares a winner when one of the players reaches 15 points and the throw-in of the ball can be done automatically or manually.