Atari Resurrects the 2600 for Trendy TVs

Atari is once more testing what number of occasions customers are keen to pay for that nostalgic, fake woodgrain-paneled recreation console, this time popping out with what looks like essentially the most detailed recreation of its unique Atari 2600 console because it first debuted near 46 years in the past. This time, it would even play the previous cartridges you continue to have boxed up in your attic from again within the day.

The legacy recreation writer announced Tuesday it had labored with European recreation developer PLAION to create the Atari 2600+. The $130 recreation is barely smaller than what debuted in 1977, but it surely resembles the previous console right down to the “Energy,” “TV Kind,” “Sport Choose,” and “Sport Reset” toggles.

Higher but, it may really play previous Atari 2600 recreation cartridges in addition to later video games launched on the 7800, however you received’t have to leap by any hoops to get the console to assist a contemporary TV. The console comes with HDMI output and a widescreen mode that ought to make it seamless to hook as much as any trendy display screen. The system is up for preorder and is ready to launch on November seventeenth.

AN ICON RETURNS: The Atari 2600+

There are a number of different modernizations, together with a USB energy outlet and a alternative for a number of display screen resolutions. It comes with a single CX40+ joystick controller and a single recreation cartridge. The cartridge itself comprises 10 video games, together with early classics like Journey, Fight, Yars Revenge, and Missile Command. The system is packing {hardware} that may appear comparatively previous now however is miles past what was potential pre-1980.

Not like its earlier try at emulating the previous really feel of previous consoles with the streaming-centric $300 Atari VCS, the legacy recreation maker promised the brand new console received’t simply have the identical look, however the identical “really feel” because the Eighties 2600 right down to the joystick and steel switches. The 2600+ is working on a Rockchip 3128 SOC and comprises 256MB of DDR3 RAM, greater than sufficient to energy any of the 2600’s recreation lineup. It additionally comprises 256MB of inside storage.

Nonetheless, the brand new console comes with fewer management choices than the system first shipped with. What was as soon as known as the Atari Video Laptop System got here with two joysticks and two paddle controllers. To be truthful, that unique system shipped for $190 in 1977, which again then was equal to greater than $990 in immediately’s cash.

There may be nonetheless a port for an extra controller, however Atari is promoting an extra CX40+ individually for $25 whereas the CX-30 paddle controllers will go for $40 a pop. Nevertheless, the brand new console makes use of the identical 9-pin connection ports to the controllers, so you can plug in any previous controllers you continue to have mendacity round. Atari can be promoting different launch titles like Mr. Run and Leap and Berzerk Enhanced Version will promote individually for $30.

Different makes an attempt at 2600-likes like the Gamestation Plus have tried to modernize the previous design for about $100, however the 2600+ might nonetheless be a whole lot for these desirous to play previous titles. On eBay, you could find previous 2600 consoles promoting for anyplace between $60 and $150, relying on what number of video games include it. You’ll additionally have to have a TV with the previous RCA cable enter or work out some kind of conversion setup. At that time, the 2600+ really looks like a good deal if all you need is to play the previous video games in as nostalgically pure a method as potential.

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