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.
* This one's a bit of an oddity. It's a Sunnyvale, CA, Six Switch Woody that's not a Heavy Six but is quite different to the other Six Switch Woody listed on this site.
Comparison to the "Standard Six Switch Woody" - Other page on this site;
Wood veneer doesn't continues up onto the flat, top surface at the front.
Main board: C012283 REV 1 - Printed on a Red, component side PCB as opposed to a fully Green one.
Switch board: C012173 REV 1
Cable with Red RCA plug on the 'TV end' and RF plug on the console end
No "Speaker" vents in the ribbed, flat casing plate - just cut through to the underside
~ (compare to the standard 6 Switch photos on the other page)
No colour band around the switch plate
Numerous component variations