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Atari 2600 Console Information


Atari Video Computer System
The Atari VCS and 2600 was one of the most
popular home consoles ever produced. First released in 1978 it is also
one of the first. There are at least 800 games available many of which
were simpler versions of popular arcade games such Pac-Man, Space Invaders
and Defender.


Atari Video Computer System

 

VCS CX2600

1978



The Original model has woodgrain and black plastic case. Six silver switches across the upper front panel. Bundled accessories include two CX40 joysticks, one CX30 paddle controller, AC adapter, TV switch and a CX2601 Combat game cart.

Atari VCS Specifications

 

CPU

6507, 1.19 MHz

MEMORY

RAM: 128 Bytes, in VLSI
ROM: 4K max

GRAPHICS

Stella, a custom graphics chip that controlled the synchronization to the TV and all other video processing tasks
Graphics Clock: 1.19 MHz

STORAGE

Carts

NOTES

2 Joystick ports.

Other Atari Models

 

Sears TeleGames Video

 


Same as above except some external cosmetic differences (the "difficulty" switches are labeled "skill level", switch panel is silver instead of black, woodgrain pattern is slightly different. Also Labled Sears Telegames.

2600

1982


officially uses the name "2600" for the first time to help differentiate it from the newly introduced 5200 Super System. The 2600 is primarily black with no woodgrain, and otherwise looks like the VCS

Atari 2600 Jr

1986


2600 Jr


Atari 2600 Jr


 

 

 

 

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