Atari 2600+ interview: New games and lessons learned from the VCS

Atari's David Lowey discusses the new Atari 2600+ and the importance of helping the cause of game preservation.


Atari is in the middle of celebrating a massive milestone in gaming. It's not often that any video game company gets to turn 50 and Atari has been commemorating the occasion with new games, new hardware, and big plans for the future. That includes the reveal of the new Atari 2600+. To learn more, we spoke with Senior Sales and Marketing Director David Lowey.

Lowey talks about the evolution of the Atari 2600+ in comparison with the Atari VCS, which was released back in 2021. For starters, he notes that the new 2600+ is a purely physical product that can operate without the need for an internet connection. He also talks about the discussion with Plaion about the new hardware's physical size and design, as well as the importance of making classic games available to all people.

The Atari 2600+ is currently slated to ship in December. More information can be found on the Atari website. For more interviews like this, be sure to check out Shacknews and Shacknews Interviews on YouTube.

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    October 6, 2023 3:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Atari 2600+ interview: New games and lessons learned from the VCS

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      October 6, 2023 3:27 PM

      It’s kinda fun that the 2600+ is coming, but man … the whole 2600 library is ridiculously small. I kinda wish the thing came preloaded with every Atari game, along with an option of using that cartridge slot to play titles not owned by Atari.

      I might buy a new joystick and set of paddles just to have them around.

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        October 6, 2023 10:53 PM

        The FUCK?! 2600 Library is SMALL!??!?!

        Or you just mean the preload/buy-in games?

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          October 7, 2023 12:59 AM

          I mean the storage space required to house the entire library is under 1MB.

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