The Atari 2600 Is Back, Backward Compatible, And It’s Got Wood

The Atari 2600 Is Back, Backward Compatible, And It’s Got Wood

The Atari 2600+ hopes to hit the mark with retro enthusiasts and new players alike.


The Atari 2600–the console that shook the world in the late 70s and early 80s–is back. Atari, in partnership with PLAION, has today unveiled a “modern-day, faithful recreation” of the console that both dominated the North American market and led to the video game crash of 1983.

The remake, which takes its visual inspiration from the four-switch CX2600-A model from 1980, will launch worldwide on November 17 and is now available to pre-order for $129.99 (€119.99 / £99.99).

Purists are thoroughly catered to, thanks to the inclusion of the Atari 2600+’s CX40+, “recreated with the same size and layout as the original 2600 Joystick Controller for that added touch of nostalgia.”

Much like its predecessor, it’s got wood–that natural panel is as authentic as it gets. To further push the spirit of the original Atari 2600, it’s also backward compatible with both 2600 and 7800 games.

The Atari 2600+ will launch with ten classic games from the console’s repertoire, and each has “been created using modern technology to authentically replicate the original four-switch Atari 2600 Video Game System.”

Atari 2600+ 10-in-1 launch games

  1. Adventure
  2. Combat
  3. Dodge ‘Em
  4. Haunted House
  5. Maze Craze
  6. Missile Command
  7. Realsports Volleyball
  8. Surround
  9. Video Pinball
  10. Yars’ Revenge

The Atari 2600+ also builds on the original machine with features including a HDMI output, USB power, plus multiple screen resolutions. If you want to go even deeper into the Atari 2600 rebirth, PLAION has recreated the twisty CX-30 Paddle Controller, which you can get for $24.99 (€22.99 / £19.99), or ith its own 4-in-1 multi-game cartridge–titles as yet unannounced–for $39.99 (€34.99 / £29.99).


Other launch titles have been revealed, including cartridges for Berzerk Enhanced Edition and Mr Run and Jump.

Wade Rosen, CEO and chairman of Atari, said: “Preserving classic games is a priority for Atari, and the release of the Atari 2600+ will make the hundreds of Atari 2600 and 7800 games that have been released over the last 50 years universally accessible. PLAION’s approach to a quality recreation of iconic Atari hardware made them the perfect partner to bring the Atari 2600+ to market.”

Ben Jones, commercial director of retro at PLAION, “We’re excited to be working with Atari to bring back the Atari 2600 and help meet the growing consumer demand for retro hardware.

“For gamers who remember the thrill of playing arcade games at home for the very first time, the Atari 2600+ will take you right back,” he said. “For everyone else, the offer is one of timeless fun and the chance to experience a golden age of video games in a way that could only come from Atari.”

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