The Atari 2600, originally known as the Atari Video Computer System but later renamed, is the first multi-game home console system released by the Atari Corporation. The
Atari 2600 was released in October 1977 with only nine games available. It went on to become the most popular Atari system ever, selling more than thirty million units.
The Atari 2600 was a home console unit that needed game cartridges to play video games. Although it wasn't the first home console, it was the first home console that became
very popular world-wide.
The hardware of the Atari 2600 is very limited. It uses a 6507 for its processor. It has a mere 128 bytes of RAM and 4K of ROM. Both the CPU and Graphic clocks run at 1.19
The Atari 2600 had many great games produced for it including Adventure, Asteroids, Combat, Defender, Frogger, Kaboom!, Ms. Pac-Man, Pitfall!, Pole Position, Raiders of the
Lost Ark, River Raid, Space Invaders, Vanguard, and Yars' Revenge.
Over the years the Atari 2600 had several revisions in it's design. The different models include the Atari VCS CX2600, the Sears Tele-Games Video Arcade I, the Atari VCS
2600A, the Sears Tele-Games Video Arcade I(A), the Atari VCS 2600A (black), the Sears Tele-Games Video Arcade II, the Atari 2800, and the Atari 2600 "Jr.".