Atari is teaming up with Plaion on a brand new retro residence console after lastly taking a mulligan on its final one. The Atari 2600+ pays homage to the unique Atari 2600, which delighted kids of the disco period beginning in 1977, though this remake relies on the four-switch mannequin from 1980. It performs each Atari 2600 and 7800 video games. Nonetheless, most patrons will wish to monitor down bodily cartridges because the retro system, which requires them to play, is just bundled with a group of 10 titles that lacks system standouts like Pac-Man, Frogger, House Invaders and Pitfall!


The throwback console has been “lovingly recreated to the identical specs as the unique,” though it’s solely 80 p.c of the scale. The console’s “plus” options come within the type of an HDMI output and widescreen assist. The corporate says the system has an enlarged cartridge socket to cut back cartridge sticking. The Atari brand additionally lights up when powered on.

Marketing photo for the Atari CX40+ retro console. The accessory looks identical to the vintage joystick: mostly black with a lone red button and a long stick protruding.

Atari / Plaion

The system features a trendy remake of the basic Atari CX40 joystick, the CX40+. Though it helps two gamers, just one stick is bundled. (You possibly can order an additional for $25.) The corporate says a CX-30 Paddle Controller remake is on its method as properly.


The system’s free video games are bundled on a “10 Video games in 1” cartridge, together with Journey, Fight, Dodge ‘Em, Haunted Home, Maze Craze, Missile Command, RealSports Volleyball, Encompass, Video Pinball and Yars’ Revenge. Atari posted an entire record of suitable cartridges. Potential patrons might wish to think about that searching down bodily video games (and probably paying a premium for some) can be a part of the journey.

If the complete affair sounds acquainted, that’s as a result of the basic online game maker launched the long-delayed Atari VCS simply over two years in the past. However shopper curiosity in that mannequin appeared to fall off a cliff after the preliminary pleasure, and the corporate discontinued the retro console in favor of reorganizing its {hardware} enterprise whereas eyeing “a brand new industrial technique.” We will solely assume we’re seeing the fruit of that at this time because it companions with Plaion.

The Atari 2600+ launches “worldwide” on November seventeenth for $130. (An non-compulsory second joystick provides one other $25 onto that.) Beginning at this time, the newest mini-retro system is accessible for pre-order on Atari’s web site.

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