Atari 2600

The Atari 2600, originally branded as the Atari Video Computer System or Atari VCS for short until November 1982, is a home video game console from Atari, Inc. Released on September 11, 1977, it is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor-based hardware and games stored on ROM cartridges (a format first used with the Fairchild Channel F in 1976) instead of dedicated hardware with games physically built into the unit. The 2600 was bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a game cartridge: initially Combat, with significantly more advanced visuals and gameplay than the system was designed for, such as Pitfall! and its scrolling sequel Pitfall II: Lost Caverns. Atari invested heavily in two games for the 2600, Pac-Man and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the latter being a commercial failure that contributed to the video game crash of 1983 which ended the market relevance of the 2600. Warner sold off the home console division of Atari to Commodore CEO Jack Tramiel. In 1986, the new Atari Corporation under Tramiel released a lower-cost version of the 2600 and the backwards-compatible Atari 7800, but these were not enough to turn things around, and ultimately it was Nintendo that led the recovery of the industry. Atari finally ended production of the Atari 2600 on January 1, 1992. Across the system's lifetime, an estimated 30 million units were sold.

Emulators for Atari 2600 games

Emulator Console Platform FileSize Emulator
PCAE 2.6 for Atari 2600 on Windows PCAE 2.6 Atari 2600 Windows 1.5MB Download
Stella for Atari 2600 on Windows Stella Atari 2600 Windows 4.3MB Download
Stella R3 PS3 3.3 for Atari 2600 on PS3 Stella R3 PS3 3.3 Atari 2600 PS3 1.8MB Download
PSP2600 1.1.2 for Atari 2600 on PSP PSP2600 1.1.2 Atari 2600 PSP 1.3MB Download
Z26 3.2.01 for Atari 2600 on Windows Z26 3.2.01 Atari 2600 Windows 0.2MB Download
RetroArch 1.7.5 for Atari 2600 on Windows RetroArch 1.7.5 Atari 2600 Windows 192.5MB Download
BizHawk 2.3 for Atari 2600 on Windows BizHawk 2.3 Atari 2600 Windows 33.3MB Download