Atari 2600 emulators

Ah yes, the Atari 2600. Many people’s first video game system, including mine. Released in the USA in 1977, Europe in 1980, and Japan in 1983, I got my Atari 2600 in 1978. Amazingly the Atari 2600 had commercial games made for it in the 70s, 80s, and the 1990s! I don’t think any system will ever have COMMERCIAL games (not just homebrew) made for it over a span of *3* decades. The Atari 2600 has these tech specs:



  • Processor: 6507 (A slightly stripped down version of the 6502)
  • Speed: 1.19Mhz
  • RAM: 128 bytes
  • ROM: 4K Cartridge ROM space without bankswitching
  • Sound: TIA custom Atari graphics/sound chip
  • Graphics: A custom chip named Stella, hence the name of one of the popular Atari 2600 emulators
  • Graphics RAM: None
  • Colors: 128
  • Sprites: 2, 8 bit wide; 2, 3, 1 bit wide; All sprites full screen height
  • Background Graphics: 40 pixels wide by 192 lines high.
  • I/O: Joystick and console switch IO handled byte 6532 RIOT and TIA
  • Ports: 2 Joystick ports, 1 Cartridge port, Power in, RF output

Atari 2600 emulators

PC Atari Emulator
Great Atari 2600 emulator. Nice GUI, fast emulation, and supports all cartridge types.
Stella
Atari 2600 emulator ported to many platforms.
Stella 64bit
Atari 2600 emulator for 64it Windows ONLY
Z26
One of the more perfect Atari 2600 emulators available for Windows.