Atari Game Console - Dismantled for reference and curiosity
Originally released in 1977 as the Atari VCS (Video Computer System) the Atari 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 the '6 Switch Woody', not surprisingly due to the wood veneer and six, forward facing switches.
Comparison to the "Odd Six Switch Woody" - Other page on this site;
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