A Re-Created & Modernized Atari 2600 Is Coming in November 2023

an image of the Atari 2600+ video game console, a smaller version of the original Atari 2600 Video Computer System console of the 1970s that is backfitted to play original games as well as new ones.
© 2023 Atari Interactive, Inc./PLAION
The Atari 2600+ re-creates the look (albeit at a smaller size) of the four-switch Atari 2600 released in 1980 (and is a lot easier to hook up to a modern TV)

It’s been several decades since the Atari 2600 has been a hot-selling video game console during the holiday season, but it might be once again thanks to the launch of the new Atari 2600+ in November 2023.

Video game developer/publisher PLAION and Atari have announced that the 2600+ — a modern-day, faithful re-creation of the classic four-switch version of the 2600 that was released in 1980 — will be launching worldwide on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023. It is available to pre-order for $129.99 (U.S.).

The Atari 2600+ build upon the original machine with what it calls “modern quality of life features,” including an HDMI out (which is very convenient, as anyone who has experienced the challenge of trying to hook up an old Atari 2600, with its old-fashioned switch box, to a modern television, recognizes), USB power and multiple screen resolutions.

This console is also smaller, designed at 80% of the original’s size, to better accommodate today’s living spaces.

image of the Atari 2600+ video game console, with attached joystick controller. It is a re-creation of the version of the original Atari 2600 console released in 1980, with four metal switches and wood panel.

© 2023 Atari Interactive, Inc./PLAION

The Atari 2600+ is backward-compatible with old Atari 2600 and 7800 games


In addition to reviving the look of the original console, complete with the metal switches and wood grain panel, the 2600+ also includes a faithful replica of the CX40+ joystick, which has been re-created with the same size and layout as the original. A standalone CX-40 joystick will retail for $24.99.

The cartridge slot of the 2600+ is backward-compatible with hundreds of original games for the Atari 2600 and the Atari 7800.

If you don’t have any of those still lying around, the 2600+ will launch with a cartridge featuring 10 classic Atari 2600 games: Adventure, Combat, Dodge ‘Em, Haunted House, Maze Craze, Missile Command, RealSports Volleyball, Surround, Video Pinball and Yars’ Revenge.

a video game cartridge for the Atari 2600+ console. It indicates it is a 10-in-1 cartridge, featuring the video games Adventure, Combat, Dodge 'Em, Haunted House, Maze Craze, Missile Command, RealSports Volleyball, Surround, Video Pinball and Yars' Revenge.

© 2023 Atari Interactive, Inc./PLAION

Sold separately is a CX-30 paddle controller with a 4-in-1 multi-game cartridge featuring paddle-based titles (Breakout, Canyon Bomber, Night Driver and Video Olympics) that will retail for $39.99.

Additional launch titles for the Atari 2600+, including cartridges for Berzerk Enhanced Edition and Mr. Run and Jump, will be available for $29.99.

You can learn a little more in this teaser:

“Preserving classic games is a priority for Atari, and the release of the Atari 2600+ will make the hundreds of Atari 2600 and 7800 games that have been released over the last 50 years universally accessible,” said Atari Chairman and CEO, Wade Rosen. “PLAION’s approach to a quality recreation of iconic Atari hardware made them the perfect partner to bring the Atari 2600+ to market.”

“We’re excited to be working with Atari to bring back the Atari 2600 and help meet the growing consumer demand for retro hardware,” said at Ben Jones, commercial director of retro for PLAION (ASIDE: I’d love to be a “director of retro” someplace!).

“For gamers who remember the thrill of playing arcade games at home for the very first time, the Atari 2600+ will take you right back. For everyone else, the offer is one of timeless fun and the chance to experience a golden age of video games in a way that could only come from Atari.”

For more information or to pre-order, visit this link.