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BSS 01 (Bildschirmspiel 01)

The BSS 01 has been produced starting around 1980 in the former GDR by RFT. "BSS" does actually mean "BildSchirmSpiel", and can be translated as "Video Game".

The console changed its colour more than once (probably because of material shortage), and is based upon the GI AY-3-8500-7 chip. While many won’t consider this as being important, this is in fact an interesting detail, because it was usual in the GDR to simply copy the silicon, or try to emulate its behaviour with discrete circuits.

The main problem was - as with most electronic items - the price: it sold for about 500 East-German Marks. This was about half of the average wage, thus more than many could afford. This resulted in the fact that this unit was mostly used by educative institutions (e.g. "Pionierhaus" - "House of Pioneers").

A successor named "BSS 02", probably with colour output instead of B/W, was planned, but then discarded for the production of radio clocks.


Text & info provided by Stefan Goehler

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NAME  BSS 01 (Bildschirmspiel 01)
ORIGIN  Germany
YEAR  1980
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Tennis, Fussball, Pelota, Squash, Handycap (when no selection button is being pressed)
KEYBOARD  Two detachable paddles with knob, NO gun (though chip does support it)
CPU  General-Instruments AY-3-8500-7
SPEED  Power, Game selection, Difficulty selection, Reset, Ball controls
RAM  On screen
COLORS  Black & white
SOUND  Built-in speaker
SIZE / WEIGHT  33 cm / 18 cm / 4 cm
I/O PORTS  RF TV video output
POWER SUPPLY  220v, 2w
PRICE  500 East-German Marks (1980)

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