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Atari 2600
Atari • 1977

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Launched ByAtari
Additional BrandsSears
Type2nd Generation 8-bit Console
Launch11th September 1977
Discontinued01st January 1992

The Atari 2600 was the company's second foray into the home market (after the dedicated Home Pong console in 1975). The Atari Video Computer System, as it was then known, was launched on September 11, 1977. It became known as the Atari 2600 in 1982 after the launch of the less successful Atari 5200.

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System Emulator Notes
Various Stella -
Windows / Mac OS / Linux MAME/MESS Good Support. Setname: a2600 (NTSC), 'a2600p' (PAL)
Retroarch lr-stella -
RetroPie Stella, lr-stella default is lr-stella

Emulator information last updated 19th March 2020

Tech Specs and further details

Name Atari 2600, Launched as Video Computer System
Origin United States
Processor MOS 6507
Developed by Joe Decuir, Jay Miner, Steve Mayer, Larry Emmons, Ron Milner
Memory 128 bytes RAM
Display Output Television via RF
Storage ROM Cartridge. Cassette with third-party add-ons
Input Joystick, paddles, Keypad, Trackball
Cost $199


Page references & Sources

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