ATARI 2600 6 Switch 'Woody' Rev A (non-Heavy Six)*

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 Switch Woody":

Wood veneer continues up onto the flat, top surface at the front.
Main board: C012283 REV A  - Printed on a Green PCB as opposed to a Red one.
Switch board: C012173 REV B
Standard antenna plug
"Speaker" vents in the ribbed, flat casing plate
Colour band around the switch plate
Numerous component variations

Atari 2600 Six Switch Woody Atari 2600 6 Switch Woody Atari 2600 Six Switch Motherboard
Atari 2600 Six Switch PCB
Atari 2600 Six Switch Casing        
 
Unit pictured has been sold and its location is unknown.