BSS 01

dedicated home video game console released in East Germany by the VEB Halbleiterwerk Frankfurt (Oder) in 1980 or 1981
BSS 01

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.


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.


  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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