Atari 2600 emulators

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Atari VCS / Atari 2600
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Developer Atari, Inc.
Type Home video game console
Generation Second generation
Release date 1977
Discontinued 1992
Introductory price $199.99
HGSF $19.99
Predecessor Home Pong, Super Pong, Video Pinball
Successor 5200 SuperSystem
Emulated

The Atari 2600 (also known as Video Computer System or simply VCS) is a second-generation console released by Atari on September 11, 1977. It had a 6507 CPU at 1.19 MHz with 128 bytes of RAM. It had a 160x192 16-color, out of 128, display.

Despite the apparent simplicity of the console and its games, emulation of the 2600 is surprisingly difficult relative to other early consoles due to its unusual primitive hardware designed as a cost-saving measure, including the complete lack of a framebuffer and resulting need to "race the beam" to display graphics. Despite this, at least two emulators have offered highly accurate 2600 emulation for years.

Contents

Emulators

Name Platform(s) Latest version Retro
Achievements
Accessories Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
Stella
stella_libretro
stella2014_libretro
        6.7.1
libretro core
[N 1] ~ Cycle
MAME         git artifacts[N 2]
0.262
libretro core[N 3]
? Cycle
Pantheon   13.640 ? High ~
ares       v135 ? ? ~
PCAE     2.6
2.7
? High ~
z26           4.07 ? High ~
javatari
javatari.js (old)
  5.0.3 ? ? ~
BizHawk     Dev builds
2.9.1
? ? ~
Gopher2600     0.28.0 ? High
CLK       2024-01-22 ? Mid
EMU7800   5.4.0.0 ? Mid
Stellarator         git ? ?
Mobile / ARM
Z64K   2.0.0 ? Cycle
stella_libretro
stella2014_libretro
        libretro core ~ ?
Stella - Pyra   0.1 ? ?
2600.emu     1.5.77
1.5.46.02 Pyra
? ?
Ataroid   1.0.4 ? ?
g2600   7.2.0 ? ?
Console
stella_libretro
stella2014_libretro
     
       
     
libretro core ~ Mid
Wii2600   git ? Mid ~
PSP2600   1.2.0
Source (1.2.0)
? Mid
Stella GC   18-12-2007 ? Mid ?
PVCS Reloaded   0.3 ? Mid
Stella DC   0.2F ? ?
Game
1FPS Atari 2600 Emulator Minecraft 0.2 ? ?
  1. Exclusive to libretro core.
  2. CI-Windows CI-Linux CI-Macos
  3. As 0.251, 0.139 (2010), 0.78 (2003), 0.37b5 (2000)

Accessories support

Name Stella
Amiga mouse
Atari mouse
AtariVox
Booster Grip
Driving Controller
Sega Genesis
Atari Keypad
Kid Vid Controller
MindLink
Atari Paddles
SaveKey
Trak-Ball
XE Light Gun
QuadTari
Joy 2B+
Atari 7800 console button
Atari 7800 game
HyperShot ?
Track & Field Controller ?
Atari Space Age Joystick ?
Flight Commander ?
Overlay ?
Space Shuttle ?
Foot Craz ?
Joyboard ?
Kid's Controller ?
Remote Control Joysticks ?
Video Touch Pad ?

See also

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