The Odyssey 2 controller seems to be more or less inspired by the Atari 2600 controller. It looks similar, but in actual use it's quite different. The metal joystick moves differently and has more travel. More travel also means a slower response time.
To allow for more complex games, the Odyssey 2 also featured a keyboard right on the console. This allowed for personalised gameplay (name entry) and more complex input during games.
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