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Atari 2600

11/09/1977

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The Atari 2600 (or Atari Video Computer System before November 1982) is a home video game console by Atari, Inc. Released on September 11, 1977, it is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor-based hardware and ROM cartridges containing game code, a format first used with the Fairchild Channel F video game console in 1976. This format contrasts with the older model of having non-microprocessor dedicated hardware, which could only play the games that were physically built into the unit. For five years, 1977 until late 1982, the system was officially sold as the Atari VCS, an abbreviation for Video Computer System. Following the release of the Atari 5200 in November 1982, the VCS was renamed to the "Atari 2600", after the unit's Atari part number, CX2600. The 2600 was typically bundled with two joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a game cartridge: initially Combat,[5] and later Pac-Man.[6]

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11/09/1977Atari 2600Atari 2600
31/12/1977 • 23:00:00Space Invaders - Atari 2600Space Invaders - Atari 2600
31/12/1979 • 23:00:00Boxing - Atari 2600Boxing - Atari 2600
01/01/1982 • 12:00:00Centipede - Atari 5200Centipede - Atari 5200
31/12/1981 • 23:00:00River Raid - Atari 2600River Raid - Atari 2600
01/01/1982 • 06:00:00Galaxian - Atari 5200Galaxian - Atari 5200
01/03/1982Pac Man - Atari 2600Pac Man - Atari 2600
20/04/1982Pitfall - Atari 2600Pitfall - Atari 2600
31/10/1982 • 23:00:00Atari 5200Atari 5200
31/12/1982 • 23:00:00Seaquest - Atari 2600Seaquest - Atari 2600
01/01/1983 • 09:00:00Dig Dug - Atari 5200Dig Dug - Atari 5200
01/01/1983 • 14:00:00The Activision Decathlon - Atari 2600The Activision Decathlon - Atari 2600
01/01/1983 • 19:00:00River Raid - Atari 5200River Raid - Atari 5200
31/01/1983 • 23:00:00Enduro - Atari 2600Enduro - Atari 2600
23/03/1984H.E.R.O. - Atari 2600H.E.R.O. - Atari 2600
01/05/1986Atari 7800Atari 7800
11/10/1989Atari Lynx IAtari Lynx I
01/01/1991Atari Lynx IIAtari Lynx II
23/11/1993Atari JaguarAtari Jaguar
21/09/1995Atari Jaguar CDAtari Jaguar CD