Atari 2600 Joystick

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The Atari 2600 joystick.

The Atari 2600 Joystick is the original joystick controller for the Atari 2600. It was created by Atari and released on 1977-09-11 along with the release of the console. It features a 4-directional joystick and a fire button. The original model was CX10, but some design flaws were discovered and Atari quickly replaced it with the CX40. The two are visually very similar, but the CX40 has the word "top" on it to denote how to hold the joystick while the CX10 does not.

Since my brother and I bought an NES Action Set, it came with two NES controllers, and we logged many hours on them.



  • The CX40 model was particularly rugged. Many of them made in the late 1970s are still working today.


  • With only a single button, it just wasn't possible for game developers to make any complicated user interactions with their games.
  • The rubber sheath could be pulled off without too much force and could only be put back on by unscrewing the base.
  • The CX10 model had some mechanical flaws that caused them to fail fairly early on. Atari wisely corrected them.


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