Atari 2600

Atari 2600 Emulators

About the Atari 2600

The Atari 2600

The Atari 2600 was released back in September 1977 by Atari. It has been recognized as the console for popularizing the use of the microprocessor hardware and ROM cartridges. The Atari 2600 wasn’t always under that name it was also sold as the Atari VCS butt was later renamed.
The console was released with nine games this included some classics such as Outlaw, Space War and Breakout. Throughout the consoles lifetime many games were developed for it by Atari. The game also had many hits such as pong, Pacman and many others that are still well known today.

The Atari 2600 came typically was bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers and a cartridge game that was firstly Combat and then later was changed to Pacman.
The console due its large game library and a low price continued to sell well into the late 1980s and wasn’t discontinued until 1992.
The console has sold over 30 million units with the bestselling game for the console being Pacman sitting at 7 million copies.

There is still a strong demand for the Atari 2600 but not easily accessible so many people have moved to emulators to be able to relive their childhood growing up with this fantastic console.

Atari 2600 Emulators

Stella    – Stella is the longest running Atari 2600 emulator that is also actively maintained across a variety of different platforms. It is considered as one of the best emulators for the system.

z26    – z26 is a highly regarded Atari 2600 emulator, while no longer in development it did a great job at emulating the Atari 2600 successfully.

EMU7800   – EMU7800 is a highly capable emulator that besides primarily being an Atari 7800 Emulator, it also manages to offer good support for the Atari 2600 as well.

PC Atari Emulator  – PC Atari Emulator was one of the early Atari 2600 Emulators that were able to achieve an awful lot. It was known for being both fast and incredibly easy to use.

Atari 2600 Specifications

CPU Specifications

  • Processor: MOS Technology 6507
  • Processor Speed: 1.19 MHz
  • System RAM: 128 bytes

Audio / Video Specifications

  • Processor: Television Interface Adapter (TIA)
  • Resolution: 160 x 192
  • Max Colors: 128
  • Playfield resolution: 40 x 192 pixels
  • Player Sprites: 8 x 192 pixels
  • Ball and missile sprites: 1 x 192 pixels
  • Colors on screen: 128
  • Colors per scan line: 4