It seems wildly improbable, but 50-year-old videogame pioneer Atari has not only survived, but are re-releasing the Atari 2600 as the 2600+.
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The original 2600, released in 1977, cost $190 (about $920 today); the new 2600+ runs $130. And it’s not only backwards-compatible with original 2600 and 7800 game cartridges, but comes with a 10-in-1 game cartridge featuring the classics.
The cartridge slot is just a smidgen wider, which Atari says will reduce sticking. And the video connector has been upgraded to HDMI, and it features a widescreen mode for modern TVs.
The overall design of the console hasn’t changed, nor has the joystick. Sadly, it only comes with one joystick—perhaps that says something about the target buyer?
The Atari 2600+ is up for pre-order now and will ship in November.