Originally released in 1977 as the Atari VCS (Video Computer System) the 2600 brought microprocessor consoles with game code stored on cartridges into popular, home use. The VCS was later rebranded the 2600 after the Atari part number 'CX2600'. In 1980 to cut costs Atari move the difficulty switches to the back of the console creating the "Four Switch Woody".
Everyone had one, or wanted one and soon going around to your friend's place to play 'Atari' became a common phrase regardless of whether it was actually an Atari or another company's console.
This 2600 model has in recent times been nicknamed '6 Switch Woody', not surprisingly due to the wood veneer and six, forward facing switches compared to the '4 Switch Woody'.
*While this is a Sunnyvale, CA manufactured 2600 it is not a 'Heavy Six / Heavy Sixer'. You can identify a Heavy Six by checking the width of the plastic either side of the ribbed, main surface. This is the plastic that is part of the base shell that can be seen if looking from directly above. The first 100 Sunnyvale, CA 2600s had much thicker plastic here, almost double the width, than all following models.
Comparison to the "Odd Six
|Unit pictured has been sold and its location is unknown.|