Atari 2600
Manufacturer Atari, Inc
Type Video game console
Generation Second generation
Release date September 11, 1977
Retail availability 1977
Introductory price $199
Discontinued 1992
Units sold 30 million
Media ROM Cartridge, Tape
Memory 128 bytes RAM, 4 kB ROM
Controller input Joystick, Paddles, Driving Controller, Trak-Ball, Keypad
Best-selling game Pac-man
Predecessor Atari Pong
Successor Atari 5200

The Atari 2600 is a second generation made available in 1977 in North America.


Released by Atari, Inc in September 1977 the Atari 2600 is known for popularizing the use of microprocessor-based hardware and ROM cartridges containing game code, a format first used with the Fairchild Channel F, instead of having non-microprocessor dedicated hardware with all games built in, such as Pong consoles.