Atari 2600 Console Versions

Atari 2600 Heavy Sixer (6 Switch)

The beloved Atari 2600 home video game console was developed and produced by Atari, Inc. and released in September 1977. It was hugely successful and by 1982, the Atari 2600 was the dominant home game system in North America.

The console’s lifespan lasted until 1992 and sold over 30 million units as of 2004. Atari 2600’s best selling game was Pac-man.

During its lifespan, See below for different versions that was released. Also take a look at the Atari video gaming console timeline and history.

Atari 2600 6 switch vs 4 switch

The earlier heavy sixers put out more vibrant colors because of extra shielding but that would be hard to tell for people especially if you don’t have 2 systems to compare it with. The difficulty switch in the 6 switch versions were placed in the back on the 4 switch versions. They still work the way so no changes to gameplay but a lot of Atari 2600 gamers prefer the switch to be in the front instead of the back.

Atari 2600 Heavy Sixer vs Light Sixer

As mentioned before the heavy sixers are preferred by video console fanatics because of the extra shielding and the added weight that makes the console feel solid. Here’s how you can tell which version you have.