Universal Odyssey
UO Console

Universal Odyssey with controller model 1
Developer NBCUniversal
(Comcast Corporation)
Manufacturer Universal Neptune
Product family Universal Video Game Consoles
Type Video game console
Generation Sixth generation
Retail availability Flag of USA May 6, 2000
Flag of Europe December 21, 2000
Flag of Australia December 21, 2000
Flag of Japan March 7, 2001
Flag of New Zealand March 12, 2001
Flag of China April 1, 2001
Units sold 14.8 million
Media ROM cartridge, CD-ROM (add-on)
CPU Motorola 68000 and Zilog Z80
Storage capacity Universal Odyssey Memory Card (20 MB max. capacity) and Universal Odyssey Hard Drive (15 GB max. capacity)
Online services Universalville
Best-selling game Grand Theft Auto: Geoshea Edition, 5.2 million (as of September 2005)
Successor Universal CD
The Universal Odyssey is a video game console that was manufactured by Universal Studios-owned console manufacturer Universal Neptune. It was released on May 6, 2000, in North America, December 21, 2000 in Europe and Australia and March 7, 2001 in Japan. It was later released in the PAL region on March 17, 2001. The sixth-generation console competed with Sony's PlayStation 2, Sega's Dreamcast, the Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft's Xbox. Universal Odyssey was Universal's first home console to date. The console first was shown at E3 in the summer of 1999. Today it is the longest living ROM cartridge/CD ROM-based home consoles. It costs $70 currently. Universal released a handheld version of the console called the Universal Do-Go.


Universal began providing development kits to game developers for its own video game console codenamed "Neptune Odyssey" as early as September 1998. The console was announced as the Universal Odyssey at a press conference in North America in 1999. Universal unveiled its software lineup for the sixth-generation console at E3 2000, focusing on 13 launch titles that included Grand Theft Auto: Geoshea Edition, Frantic Mayhem Royale, Furryous, and Rayman 2: The Great Escape. Several titles that were originally scheduled to launch with the console were delayed.


The Universal Odyssey supports all CD-ROMs and cartridges, even the Sega-developed GD-ROM disks. It also has a internet modem with internet connection being 195 mbps, which is why the price of the Universal Odyssey made a bit of sense.


After the lauch, Universal Neptune announced that Sony, "Balls", Microsoft, Nintendo and others allow their subsidiaries, divisions and development studios develop titles to Universal Odyssey.

Launch titles

North America



Main games

Main article: List of Universal Odyssey games


Universal Studios planned to release a successor to the this console under the name Universal Uranus. The console was renamed for "obvious reasons" and it's now known as Universal Mercury. The successor to Universal Mercury is Universal Mars, a game console that plays discs and cartridges.


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