Atari 2600

Atari 2600 : The Story


Second Generation : Atari 2600

Manufacturer : Atari
Type : Video Game Console
Generation : Second Generation
First available : October 1977
Discontinued : January 1, 1992
Controller input : Joystick,Paddles, Driving Controller, Trak-Ball , Keypad
Units sold : +/- 40 million units
Top-selling game : Pac Man
Predecessor : Atari Pong
Successor : Atari 5200

The Atari 2600, released in October 1977, is the video game console credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor based hardware and cartridges containing game code, instead`of`having non-microprocessor dedicated hardware with all games built in.

The first game console to use this format was the Fairchild Channel F. However, it was the Atari 2600 that made the plug-in concept popular among the game-playing public. Originally known as the Atari VCS—for Video Computer System—the machine’s name was changed to “Atari 2600” (from the unit’s Atari part number, CX2600) in 1982, after the release of the more advanced Atari 5200.

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