Atari 2600

History

Atari's shining star: The Atari 2600 Video Computer System, Model # CX-2600. The Atari 2600 was designed in Grass Valley, California.   The Atari 2600 team consisted of Jay Minor, Steve Mayer, Ron Milner and Joe Decuir.   The case design was done by Douglas Hardy and Fredrick Thompson.    Originally the whole idea around the Atari 2600 was to design a new console system that would have a longer sales life then past Atari game consoles.   Originally Atari started out selling home game consoles such as PONG, Super Pong, Stunt Cycle, Video Pinball and others. However their sales life (how long they would sell strong before people grew bored and wanted a new product to come out) was short lived.   So the idea around the Atari 2600 was to design a new system that would have a shelf life of up to 2-3 years.   Atari had originally planned to sell a total of 10 games for the Atari 2600.   The original game boxes used to be marked 01, 02, 03 for the original intention of selling only 10 different games.

Atari included every conceivable form of flexibility into the console.   There were seperate (sic) difficult switches for both the left and right player, the console had a selection for both Black & White and Color televisions.   The game console also came packaged with not only a set of joystick controllers, but also a set of paddle controllers giving the customer the ability to purchase nearly any game they wanted and not have to worry about whether it would work with the console or not.

       
The original Atari 2600
(1978)
The Darth Vader (limited) edition
(1982)
The new Atari 2600
(1986)
The cartridges

Technical Specs

CPU 6507, 1.19 MHz
RAM 128 Bytes, in VLSI
ROM  4K max
VIDEO Stella, (custom graphics chip)
Graphics Clock: 1.19 MHz,
Resolution: 192x160, 16 colors
AUDIO 2-channel
EXTERNAL STORAGE Game Cartridges
   

Screenshots

     
AIR SEE BATTLE (1977) PACMAN (1980) SPACE INVADERS (1980)
     
PITFALL! (1982) PITFALL 2 (1984) H.E.R.O. (1984)

Emulators

   
Stella Atari 2600 emulator  http://stella.sourceforge.net/  Download
Z26  http://www.whimsey.com/z26/z26.html  Download

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