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    Default Atari 2600+ (Plus) Official Full Console for November 2023

    Atari 2600+

    Regular price: $129.99.

    https://atari.com/products/atari-2600-plus

    No Cartridge Left Behind

    Enjoy your favorite Atari 2600 and 7800 games on one system! Not only does the Atari 2600+ pull double cartridge duty, it also features HDMI and widescreen mode for easy connectivity to modern TVs.

    Jump right in with the included CX40+ Joystick and a 10-in-1 game cartridge that features some of Atari’s most famous games like Adventure®, Missile Command®, and Yars' Revenge®.
    Features

    The Atari 2600+ is an updated version of the iconic Atari 2600 and has been enhanced in the following ways:

    - Plays both Atari 2600 and 7800 game cartridges
    - HDMI output makes it easy to connect
    - Widescreen mode
    - Enlarged cartridge socket reduces sticking
    - Atari logo lights up when being played

    The system comes with a CX40+ Joystick which has been lovingly recreated to the same specifications as the original, and a 10-in-1 game cartridge featuring some of Atari’s most famous games: Adventure®, Combat®, Dodge 'Em™, Haunted House®, Maze Craze™, Missile Command®, RealSports® Volleyball, Surround™, Video Pinball™, Yars' Revenge®.
    Pre-Order Availability

    This item is currently available for pre-order and will ship in November 2023. Pre-orders are considered final 30 days after the order date.
    International Availability

    United Kingdom - Amazon

    Australia - EB Games

    New Zealand - EB Games

    Austria - Games Only

    Germany - Amazon

    Switzerland - Game Legends

    Spain - GAME

    Poland - Euro

    Benelux - Bol

    Slovenia - Igabiba

    Italy - Amazon
    Hardware

    Featuring a Rockchip 3128 SOC microprocessor with 256MB DDR3 RAM and 256MB eMMC fixed internal storage. Wired CX40+ Joystick with DB9 connector.

    Compatible with most 2600 and 7800 cartridges. View Compatibility List.

    Package Contents

    Atari 2600+ Video Game System includes:
    - Atari 2600+ Game System
    - Atari CX40+ Joystick
    - Atari 10-in-1 Game Cartridge
    - HDMI Cable
    - USB-C Power Cable
    - FUN!
    Instantly compatible with Hundreds of Atari's Original Cartridges

    DOWNLOAD FULL GAME COMPATIBILITY LIST
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    https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/06...f?v=1692667681

    10 chances for endless fun

    System includes a 10-in-1 2600 game cartridge featuring some of Atari’s most famous games: Adventure®, Combat®, Dodge 'Em™, Haunted House®, Maze Craze™, Missile Command®, RealSports® Volleyball, Surround™, Video Pinball™, Yars' Revenge®.
    COMPATIBLE WITH ORIGINAL 2600 & 7800 CARTRIDGES

    Now you can enjoy both Atari 2600 and 7800 game cartridges on one system. Click. Thud. Smile.
    CX40+ Joystick & 
10-in-1 GAME cartridge included
    PRODUCT FEATURES

    Ready to Play
    Has a 10-in-1 cartridge so you can dive into your favorite titles right away.

    2 Systems in 1
    Plays both Atari 2600 and 7800 game cartridges.

    HDMI-Ready
    Easily connects via HDMI so you can enjoy every last pixel.

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Materials
    Plastic; Metal

    Microprocessor
    Rockchip 3128 SOC

    Wired Connections
    HDMI; USB-C; DB9 Connector

    PRODUCT DIMENSIONS

    Size
    10.63” x 7.09” x 2.76”

    Weight
    1 lb 9 oz
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    FAQ

    Will this play Atari game cartridges?

    Absolutely! The 2600+ can play both Atari original 2600 and Atari 7800 cartridges, and cartridges from the Atari XP program.
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    Regular price $24.99

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    It's not really for me, but I'm going to keep an eye out for reviews and disassembles of their CX-30+ and CX-40+ paddles and stick. Maybe they're worthwhile to have to use on the old hardware?
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    I'm glad to see this being put on the market, but unless you just really love 7800 games I don't see any advantage of this over the Retron 77 (at half the price).

    IMO if you're gonna emulate, just emulate. There's zero advantage to using carts in this situation. Buy an adapter to use your favorite controller on any of the million devices that are cheaper and will perform better than this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Az View Post
    I'm glad to see this being put on the market, but unless you just really love 7800 games I don't see any advantage of this over the Retron 77 (at half the price).

    IMO if you're gonna emulate, just emulate. There's zero advantage to using carts in this situation. Buy an adapter to use your favorite controller on any of the million devices that are cheaper and will perform better than this.
    This is for folks that want the nostalgia of putting a cartridge into a machine and playing some fave games on a modern television. Some folks don't want to doink around with emulators or hunting down ROMs. If Atari is going to start selling actual cartridges en masse, the 2600+ is a good avenue for nostalgic gamers to take. It's a pretty slick looking machine that has more "sex appeal" than the Retron 77.

    Personally, I use a Harmony cart so I don't have to yank out my cartridges, so this device wouldn't work for me (unless it's hackable). The controllers, however, are on my radar. I'm not a fan of the Ranger stick from Hyperkin and paddles are becoming harder to find in good shape. I tried playing some H.E.R.O. this past weekend and pushing up didn't seem to register all that well on a Ranger that was hardly used. I'm tempted to roll the dice and get a joystick and set of paddles this payday, hoping they are like the originals in play.

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    While i did buy a atari 2600 again a few years ago i don't know if i'll bother with the 2600+.It's still a emulation based console similar to the likes of the retron77.Though,i'm interested in the paddle bundle since finding ones that work secondhand are a hassle.

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    What I'm hoping is that they come up with some kind of multicarts for home-brew games, maybe home-brews that are fairly old and no longer available. There are probably hundreds of games that were made well after the Atari 2600's demise, it'd be great to be able to get some of them (or at least the ones that don't break copyright laws).

    I hope they come out with an Atari 7800 controller. I actually do love the hell out of the 7800, so having a European style 7800 gamepad would be nice. Maybe some 7800 multicarts too. Maybe even hire a bunch of programmers to make sequels to some of those old games. Ninja Golf 2, anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoshiM View Post
    This is for folks that want the nostalgia of putting a cartridge into a machine and playing some fave games on a modern television.
    I totally understand that, which is why I'm glad a device like this exists. A device with a high compatibility rate that works as intended, with no dicking about with settings, is a good thing.

    My comment about emulation and what leaves me scratching my head is often the first discussion point about something like this are people asking about flash cart compatibility or custom firmware to load ROMs from an SD card. At the end of the day a Harmony cart shoved in a 2600+ is a very, very expensive way to run the same exact emulator and ROM you would on any other emulator setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve W View Post
    What I'm hoping is that they come up with some kind of multicarts for home-brew games, maybe home-brews that are fairly old and no longer available. There are probably hundreds of games that were made well after the Atari 2600's demise, it'd be great to be able to get some of them (or at least the ones that don't break copyright laws).

    I hope they come out with an Atari 7800 controller. I actually do love the hell out of the 7800, so having a European style 7800 gamepad would be nice. Maybe some 7800 multicarts too. Maybe even hire a bunch of programmers to make sequels to some of those old games. Ninja Golf 2, anyone?
    Highly doubt they'll bother with a 7800 stick. Quite a few used two buttons though.

    2 Buttons Required:
    Ace of Aces
    Alien Brigade
    Asteroids
    Basketbrawl
    Choplifter!
    Commando
    Crack'ed
    Dark Chambers
    Desert Falcon
    Double Dragon
    F-18 Hornet
    Fatal Run
    Ikari Warriors
    Jinks
    Karateka
    Mat Mania Challenge
    Midnight Mutants
    Motor Psycho
    Ninja Golf
    One-on-One Basketball
    Planet Smashers
    Pole Position II
    Rampage
    RealSports Baseball
    Scrapyard Dog
    Super Huey UH-IX
    Tank Command
    Tomcat F-14 Flight Simulator
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    As for the homebrew, I mean it's basically going to come down to what version of Stella they've got in there.
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    It seems that Atari has bought out the Atari Age website/forum, which includes all the home-brews. I'm really curious how they're going to proceed from here. Apparently they've been getting rid of all their home-brew cartridges that are based on already existing games, so as not to step on other company's copyrights. Their Hacks game section only has 8 titles in it, all of which are based on games Atari currently owns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve W View Post
    It seems that Atari has bought out the Atari Age website/forum, which includes all the home-brews. I'm really curious how they're going to proceed from here. Apparently they've been getting rid of all their home-brew cartridges that are based on already existing games, so as not to step on other company's copyrights. Their Hacks game section only has 8 titles in it, all of which are based on games Atari currently owns.
    The original authors still own the rights to their original homebrews, so there's no shenanigans there. AA is still going to sell cartridges but looks like they'll be using cartridges that can just be flashed as opposed to having to solder everything (at least that's the impression I got when Al there was talking about how homebrews will be sold in the near future). The whole conversation about it, with community Q & A can be found by clicking here.

    Based on that thread and Al's mention of how the controllers feel, I bought both a stick and the paddle set. I'm watching the 2600+ to see if a USB drive can be accessible from the USB port. I still have some cartridges but I find I prefer to play from my Harmony cart. I just don't have the room for all this stuff anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve W View Post
    It seems that Atari has bought out the Atari Age website/forum, which includes all the home-brews. I'm really curious how they're going to proceed from here. Apparently they've been getting rid of all their home-brew cartridges that are based on already existing games, so as not to step on other company's copyrights. Their Hacks game section only has 8 titles in it, all of which are based on games Atari currently owns.
    Yeah there recent clearance sale got rid of most of the champ games homebrew.Though you can still download there roms at there site and play them in emulation or using a flash cart.

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    This does seem like a decent enough console to fill a need, hopefully it'll be good when it comes out. I still prefer original hardware and displays when possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Az View Post
    I totally understand that, which is why I'm glad a device like this exists. A device with a high compatibility rate that works as intended, with no dicking about with settings, is a good thing.

    My comment about emulation and what leaves me scratching my head is often the first discussion point about something like this are people asking about flash cart compatibility or custom firmware to load ROMs from an SD card. At the end of the day a Harmony cart shoved in a 2600+ is a very, very expensive way to run the same exact emulator and ROM you would on any other emulator setup.
    I suppose the reason people ask about flash cart or SD card compatibility in general is more for the ability to play homebrew or fan translations, or rare games that are too expensive for most people to own legitimately. Or for convenience without needing to change cartridges, just being overall more flexible with usage. Owning any type of console hardware often leads to questions of compatibility, even if I'll rarely if ever use those options myself. It's like caring about region locking when I rarely bother with foreign imports.

    I did wonder about that with the Retron 5, mainly why require dumping the carts each time when it's just emulation, even having built in storage would be beneficial while avoiding SD cards for piracy prevention. Just dump a game once. I don't exactly trust the cart connectors of these cheap modern consoles so I keep thinking they'll cause excessive wear to cartridge contacts with long term use, or possibly damage to carts/chips due to voltage issues as modern electronics use lower internal voltage than older chips require, there's no guarantee these companies compensated for this correctly. I just trust OEM hardware more than most aftermarket ones, especially when produced decades apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tron 2.0 View Post
    Yeah there recent clearance sale got rid of most of the champ games homebrew.Though you can still download there roms at there site and play them in emulation or using a flash cart.
    Champ Games have said they are working on a plan to continue selling NIB games of theirs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gameguy View Post
    This does seem like a decent enough console to fill a need, hopefully it'll be good when it comes out. I still prefer original hardware and displays when possible.

    I suppose the reason people ask about flash cart or SD card compatibility in general is more for the ability to play homebrew or fan translations, or rare games that are too expensive for most people to own legitimately. Or for convenience without needing to change cartridges, just being overall more flexible with usage. Owning any type of console hardware often leads to questions of compatibility, even if I'll rarely if ever use those options myself. It's like caring about region locking when I rarely bother with foreign imports.

    I did wonder about that with the Retron 5, mainly why require dumping the carts each time when it's just emulation, even having built in storage would be beneficial while avoiding SD cards for piracy prevention. Just dump a game once. I don't exactly trust the cart connectors of these cheap modern consoles so I keep thinking they'll cause excessive wear to cartridge contacts with long term use, or possibly damage to carts/chips due to voltage issues as modern electronics use lower internal voltage than older chips require, there's no guarantee these companies compensated for this correctly. I just trust OEM hardware more than most aftermarket ones, especially when produced decades apart.
    There's definitely a market, because there are no great RGB or HDMI options for the 2600. Yes, people want it to play everything, which isn't likely.

    Quote Originally Posted by YoshiM View Post
    The original authors still own the rights to their original homebrews, so there's no shenanigans there. AA is still going to sell cartridges but looks like they'll be using cartridges that can just be flashed as opposed to having to solder everything (at least that's the impression I got when Al there was talking about how homebrews will be sold in the near future). The whole conversation about it, with community Q & A can be found by clicking here.

    Based on that thread and Al's mention of how the controllers feel, I bought both a stick and the paddle set. I'm watching the 2600+ to see if a USB drive can be accessible from the USB port. I still have some cartridges but I find I prefer to play from my Harmony cart. I just don't have the room for all this stuff anymore.
    Not sure if AtariAge will offer much more than original homebrew in the near term. Atari itself are the ones doing the retail releases. Al explained in a long FB post why he did this. Basically he was short on time to finish many of the upgrades and projects he was planning.

    Atari bought out MobyGames a while ago and it's still operating the same as before.
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    The 10 game multi-cart utilizes DIP toggle switches to select which game you wish to play. That's cool!

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    It looks like the 2600+ and accessories are delayed. My stick and paddles aren't coming until December and after a quick check on the Atari site, the system has the same fate.

    I did have to drop a line to Atari as I received emails that the stick and paddles shipped (!) but my T-shirt didn't. I found that rather odd. I received the shirt but it still shows it as waiting to be shipped and my hardware having been delivered.

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    I'm glad some folks will enjoy this. I'm fine playing my old consoles on CRT, though if those paddle are good and compatible with original hardware, I might upgrade for Warlords, as I feel like I have to tinker with my old paddles way too much.

    I do think Atari might be a little overly optimistic on their brand. The younger potential buyers here are in their 40's that actually have nostalgia for the games. I've tried showing younger kids Atari 2600 games, and it's a hard sell. If they actually try Warlords, I can usually show them a good time, but by and large, the library doesn't seem to resonate with a younger crowd, and I don't think that this will create a new generation of fans. I wouldn't mind being wrong about that, mind you.

    Maybe they have reasonable, tempered expectations and are planning to maximize a niche market, but I feel like they need to try and find a way to leverage their IPs in a new direction if they truly want to bring the brand back in a big way. Maybe help build a period-based Netflix show in the vein of a Stranger Things that features Atari consoles and arcade games in some way to get the branding in front of more eyes, and use the momentum for some updated releases. I dunno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg2600 View Post
    Champ Games have said they are working on a plan to continue selling NIB games of theirs.
    If they can find another publisher i'll buy it the most i wanted to have a physical copy of is wizard of wor and zoo keeper.

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    People have been receiving their consoles and controllers from Atari of the 2600+. How are the reviews?

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    I'm considering buying the Atari Gamestation from My Arcade instead of the 2600+. It looks like you can add ROMs through the Micro SD slot on the back, and a variety of console ROMs too. If the 2600+ had a multi-game cartridge that had, for example, a bunch of Atari ST games on it or Atari 800 games, then I'd go for that one. I don't feel the need to play 2600 games too often, so I can't justify $100 or more just to be able to easily play Atari stuff on a modern TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nz17 View Post
    People have been receiving their consoles and controllers from Atari of the 2600+. How are the reviews?
    I watched a couple and so far, in the rank of 1-10, around 7-8. The fact it's not 100% compatible is mentioned, especially with homebrews (and I think more so on the 7800 front). Controllers get the thumbs up and other controllers, like trackballs, seem to work fine.

    I should be getting my joystick and paddles on Monday. I'll give them a try later in the week and I'll let ya know!

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