BSS 01

dedicated home video game console based on AY-3-8500 from the GDR

The BSS 01 (short for Bildschirmspiel 01, German for screen game 01[1] or video screen game 01[2]) is a home video game console. It was released in 1980 or 1981 only in East Germany. The console is also known as TV-Spiel or RFT TV-Spiel. RFT stands for Rundfunk- und Fernmelde-Technik. This is an East German association of companies.

BSS 01


Four games are pre-installed on the console:

  • Tennis (Pong clone)
  • Fußball (Association football)
  • Squash
  • Pelota

The throw-in of the ball can be set to automatic or manual.[3] After one player reaches 15 points, all games were over.[3]


A successor of the BSS 01, named BSS 02, probably with color output, was planned, but discarded for the production of radio clocks.[4] It is unknown if prototypes, sketches etc. of the BSS 02 exist.


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  2. "Welcome to". Archived from the original on 2020-05-12. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
  3. 3.0 3.1 " - Die Geschichte der Computertechnik der DDR". Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  4. Huberts, Christian (3 October 2016). "Poly-Play, BSS 01 & KC85-4 – Spielen für den Sozialismus". (in German). Retrieved 18 April 2019.

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