Atari Cx 2600 U

  1. Atari Cx2600 Power
  2. Atari Cx-2600 U
  3. Atari Cx2600a
  4. Atari Cx2600 Value
  5. Atari Cx 2600a Value

Composite and S-video Mods:

If you know who the LonghornEngineer is then you already know his mod is currently the best you can get for the Atari systems! This mod makes possible s-video, composite, and stereo outputs. I have successfully used his mod in a JR and the Coleco Gemini already and will be doing a bunch of 4 switch consoles soon and will get pics of those up as soon as they are finished.
Here is one of LonghornEngineer’s screenshots taken from his website.

  • It’s an Atari light sixer (I think) It was manufactured in Hong Kong (label is still attached to underside) with the model number CX-2600 U. The seller listed it as not working, but specified he didn’t really know how to use it, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
  • Atari CX2600 ‘Heavy Sixer’ (1977) Also known by collectors as the ‘Woody’, this was the original Atari VCS (Video Computer System), not yet known publicly by its 2600 designation. In fact the first 2600 to be officially called the 2600 wouldn’t be for another 5 years with.
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10 piece set of Atari CX 2600 port & switch dust covers Made in the USA. From shop Jellydinosaur. 5 out of 5 stars (221) 221 reviews $ 12.99. Favorite Add to Atari 7800 2600 Joystick Controller Control Pad Gamepad CX78 - CLASSIC RetroGameBoyz. From shop RetroGameBoyz.

Here is a view of the rear of the JR. I use a special connector and cord in place of the R/F jack, this keeps it sleek and mostly factory looking. If you want s-video i’ll have to add another hole and s-vid socket, not easy to do on a JR, but it can be done!

$50 for the s-video/composite/stereo mod with yellow/red/white RCA jacks on a 4 or 6 switch Atari 2600.
$50 for a JR with only the headphone style connector, can’t do svideo connector.
Just contact me with your specific needs and we’ll work it out.

Pause Mod:

This is a must have mod for your Atari! A certain Brazilian Atari console had this feature and Victor Trucco reverse engineered it for us!
Check out his site.
Victor tested the mod and says it can stay paused for hours and still start right back up from where it was paused!
I have also installed this mod on a JR and it works perfect!
I have used the 2-3 channel select switch to initiate pause, but I could configure your console differently if desired.

Also check out the youtube video of the pause mod in action on a JR, it’s toward the end.

$30 for Pause Mod.

LED Mod:

Atari Cx 2600 U

I can put any color LED in almost any place you like. Check out my youtube video of the color changing LED I put in a JR, here.

$5 for single color LED.
$7 for color changing LED.

Atari 2700
DeveloperAtari, Inc.
TypeHome video game console
Release dateCancelled
MediaCartridge
CPUMOS Technology 6507 @ 1.19 MHz

The Atari 2700 (also known the Atari Remote Control VCS) was a prototype home video game console that was developed by Atari, Inc. to be a wirelessly controlled version of Atari's popular Atari 2600 system. Intended for release in 1981, the 2700 was one of several planned follow-ups to the 2600, but the system was never put into full production. While It is unclear how many of these systems exist, former Atari employee Dan Kramer has stated that at least 12 consoles were made (one is owned by The National Videogame Museum), plus extra controllers.

The 2700 was fully compatible with the Atari 2600 system and intended to use that system's games and accessories. The 2700's new features over the 2600 included wireless controllers featuring a combination of a joystick and paddle, touch sensitive switches, and a streamlined wedge–shaped case.

Internally, the product was also called the 'RC Stella', where 'RC' referred to Radio Control and 'Stella' was the internal Atari codename for the 2600.

Features[edit]

Controllers[edit]

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The 2700 wireless controllers operate via radio signals. They feature an on/off switch and are powered by a replaceable 9-volt battery. Communication with the console is achieved via a flexible antenna. Each controller is designated as either a left (player 1) or right (player 2) and cannot be swapped.[1]

Each 2700 controller features a single fire button and a short stick which combines the features of a standard 8 position joystick and a 270 degree paddle controller.[2] Game Select and Reset buttons appear on both the controllers and the console, the latter presumably for instances where standard wired controllers would be used instead of the wireless units.

Atari Cx2600 Power

Console[edit]

The console features two standard Atari 9-pin controller ports on its right side, allowing for use of other 2600 compatible controllers such as Atari-made and third-party joysticks, as well as Atari's own Driving Controller, Paddles, Kid's Controller, Keypad Controller, and Trak-Ball. The top surface features a 2600 style cartridge slot and touch-sensitive buttons with associated red LEDs, including buttons for functions directly related to the wireless controllers, such as selecting between the wireless controllers and any plugged in, and for switching the function of the wireless controllers between joystick and paddle mode.

The case represented a significant departure from previous Atari consumer product designs, dispensing with aesthetics of earlier Atari consoles. Faux wood grain inlays and mechanical throw switches were replaced by a sleek, dark brown wedge with indented. touch sensitive switches. The casing featured a hinge-topped storage bay for the wireless controllers and a built-in belly groove for winding excess cable to connect to a TV.

Atari Cx-2600 U

Cancellation[edit]

Although they were the primary innovation of the 2700, it was the wireless controllers that actually caused the console to be cancelled prior to release. Specifically, the wireless controllers had a working radius of approximately 1000 ft, but there was no mechanism for pairing a given set of controllers with a specific console, which meant controllers for any one 2700 could unintentionally affect other nearby 2700s. Furthermore, the controllers were based on the design of garage door openers, which led to concerns that they could accidentally trigger other remote controlled devices.

Legacy[edit]

Although abandoned, the 2700 case design became the model for a number of later Atari game systems, notably the very similar looking Atari 2800[3] for Japan and the similar Atari-made Sears-branded Video Arcade II, both of which featured (wired) controllers which combined the functions of joystick and paddle. The case design also influenced a whole range of subsequent Atari home consoles, including the Atari 5200 (which featured a 2700-like controller bay), as well as the Atari 2600 Jr., and Atari 7800.

The idea of wireless controllers for the 2600 and joystick compatible systems was in 1983 fulfilled by the Atari 2600 Wireless Remote Controlled Joystick, a plug-in accessory (Model No., CX 42).[4] However, to house additional electronics to correct the interference problem, the controllers were bulky. Additionally, they were difficult to control and suffered from poor battery life. The 2012-released Atari Flashback 4 also featured wireless controllers based on infrared technology.

Technical specifications[edit]

Atari Cx2600a

  • CPU: MOS Technology 6507 @ 1.19 MHz
  • Audio+video processor: TIA. 160 x ≈192 pixel, 128 colors (121 of them actually different from each other on NTSC, 114 on PAL), 2 channel mono sound.
  • RAM: 128 bytes (plus up to 256 bytes built into the game cartridges)
  • ROM (game cartridges): 4 KB maximum capacity (32 KB+ with paging)
  • Output: B/W or color TV picture and sound signal

References[edit]

  1. ^2700 at the Atari History Museum website
  2. ^Patent image of 2700 controller
  3. ^Atari 2800 on Atari Museum
  4. ^'The Atari 2600 Remote Controlled Joystick'. Atari History Museum.

External links[edit]

Atari Cx2600 Value

  • Video of a surviving Atari 2700 console on YouTube

Atari Cx 2600a Value

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