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Atari 2600 Black

The Atari 2600 was launched in 1977 as the Atari Video Computer System or Atari VCS. In 1982 the name was dropped in favor of just Atari 2600.

The console was a huge success, and an innovation of its time. It used a microprocessor and a cartridge slot to run different games that were burned into ROM chips on the cartridge. This format was first used by the Fairchild Channel F system in 1976.

When the Atari VCS launched, the ROM cartridges were 2KB in size, and the games were rather simple and low-resolution. The conversion of Taito's Space Invaders pushed the system to the masses. The VCS became hugely popular and lead to the founding of game developers like Activision and others. Later cartridges were using much more advanced graphics and used 8KByte ROMs.

By Atari CPU MOS 6507 @1.19MHz Memory 128 Bytes RAM Sound 1 channel Sprites Atari Player Missile Graphics (PMG) Display 160x192 128 color (4 color per scanline) Display Chip TIA Sound Chip TIA CPU Class ALL Developed by Atari
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Atari  2600 (Black)
Books & Publications
Programming and other books for the 8-bit Atari line (400/800/XL/XE) of computers.
Books for the Atari ST computers
Magazines & Serials
A.N.A.L.O.G. Atari Newsletter And Lots Of Games
Antic Software and merchandise Catalog, later rebranded to just The Catalog
Antic was a magazine devoted to the Atari 8-bit family of home computers and the 16-bit Atari ST.
Manuals & Catalogs
A collection of technical and service manuals for the Atari 5200 game system.
Software Catalogs for the Atari computers
Software & Game Manuals
A collection of Game Manuals for the Atari 5200 game system.
World Wide Web Links
Play some of your favorite Atari 2600 games for free online!
Active group that creates HomeBrew Atari Games that push the old Atari 2600 to the max!
WikiPedia list of Atari 2600 Games
A library of classic Atari 2600 games, all playable online.