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Atari 2600 Teardown at iFixit

posted Sep 9, 2010, 11:43 AM by Troy Cheek   [ updated Sep 9, 2010, 11:50 AM ]
iFixit has decided that this is the week they want to do an Atari 2600 Teardown.  To quote:

Welcome to day three of our week of game console teardowns. So far we've taken apart the Magnavox Odyssey 100 and the RCA Studio II; the Atari 2600 is next! We partnered with PC World for this teardown to bring you a peek into another staple of game console history.

Originally labeled as the Video Computer System (VCS), the Atari 2600 was released in 1977. By that time, microprocessor-based hardware had been popularized with the Fairchild Channel F, and the VCS was Atari's first foray into that technology.

The system was originally released with all six switches on the front of the console, however, the console was redesigned in 1980 with only four of the switches on the front, and the other two on the back. The console featured here is a post-1980 model.