by Dark Watcher
RCA could not let the fact that they let the Odyssey slip through there fingers (Ralph Baer the designer of Odyssey approached RCA
with the deal first) and into the hands of there TV rival Magnavox. RCA Studio II was their answer to the Magnavox Odyssey. Released
in 1976 a few months after the release of the Fairchild Channel F, it would have been the first programmable console (Fairchild beat
them to the release gate).
The console was doomed from the start. The lack of a color display and control paddles made the unit old and dated. With only 11 retail games released, the Studio II suffered the same fate as Channel F - overshadowed and rendered obsolete by the Atari VCS / 2600.
FACT: The RCA Studio II actually had 16 games. Five games were built into the machine. This console was also one of the first to allow 16 directional control (though it was hardly ever utilized in the games that were released).
|Research has proven that RCA Studio II should have been a color console. A few games were designed for color, but the video output of the console was black & white. The research appears to have been proven true with a clone released in the UK called Sheen M1200. The Sheen M1200 was released in 1978, and produced PAL color with RCA Studio II games. Japan also made a color producing clone called the VISICOM Video Computer System. The lack of color on the RCA Studio II's release proves that the system was rushed to the market. Either that or RCA was looking for a cheaper way to manufacture the consoles.|