Atari Goes Mobile
Atari announced a new portable handheld version of their revolutionary 2600, the first commercially successful video game console. Additionally, the company offers a plug and play joystick version of the console
The Console Wars Enter A New Era
1977 was a revolutionary year. In May, Star Wars changed cinema forever. But in September, home entertainment saw a similar revolution. On September 11th, 1977, Atari unleashed the 2600, the first home game console. The unit featured a modern wood grain design and an affordable $199 price point. Since then, video games exploded and are the top-grossing form of entertainment. However, the 2600 is a recent memory. As such, those who grew up with the system’s primitive graphics and beeps and bloops are nostalgic for their childhood. So, Atari is joining the classic console craze started by Nintendo and releasing a portable version of their 2600 console.
The Atari Retro Handheld boasts a whopping 50 game library and includes classics like Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command. Furthermore, the device plugs into your television for big screen fun. Also, for those wanting a more authentic experience, the company is releasing the Atari Plug & Play Joystick. The joystick features the same 50 games but recreates the original Atari 2600 joystick. While the stick remains true to its roots, it features an arcade button on the top of the stick rather than at its base. The Atari Retro Handheld and Atari Plug & Play Joystick drop on October 26th. However, the system is only available for pre-order in the UK. A US announcement is expected soon.
There’s no doubt the Atari 2600 holds a special place in history. And while the market is bound to become saturated with these retro consoles, there is something to be said about preserving these revolutionary games as pieces of history. If anything, the release of the new Atari systems shows just how far we’ve developed our technology in forty years, and that is a wonderful human achievement.
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