Atari 2600 'Junior' Rev. A

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The Atari 2600 is a video game console released in October 1977. It is 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, the Atari 2600 is credited with popularizing the plug-in concept among the game-playing public.

There are a number of versions of the Atari 2600, which was known as the Atari VCS (Video Computer System) after it was first released. This model, which is known as the Atari 2600 'Junior', dates from the Jack Tramiel era. It was released in 1986, to give a cheap alternative to the 7800, and styled in the same way.

There are three versions of the Atari 2600 'Junior': a 'short rainbow' version, a 'long rainbow' version, and an all-black version, which was only released in Ireland. This example in our collection is the 'long rainbow' model.

Manufacturer: Atari
Date: 1986

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH35745. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

Atari 2600 'Junior' Rev. A

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