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Turn your VCS into a Powerful Home Computer! - Atari 2600 Sneak Peek


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#1 Clint Thompson

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 05:20 AM

Scan provided by Lost Dragon - Enjoy!

 

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#2 Lost Dragon

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 06:58 AM

Was this ever released in the USA?

 

My very limited understanding of it, UK wise, was that it, like so many Atari products was annouced, but never appeared.

 

Feeling being over here at least, that IF it was released, there was a 'danger' of it taking away from Atari's 8 bit Micro's.

 

Basically Atari wanted homes to have both the VCS and an Atari Micro, not 1 or the other.


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#3 The Professor

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 07:41 AM

This was never released, no. The keyboard in the photo is just a mock-up.
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#4 Rowsdower70

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 09:19 AM

Starpath could've made it happen. 


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#5 Lost Dragon

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 09:29 AM

Ahhh, but it looks so cool :-(

 

So yet another..what could of been product associated with Atari and all were are left with is mock-up images and our hopes and dreams :-)

 

Also, ok, yes i admit, i caved in and have forwared 2600/A8 material to Clint and put more on Memory Card to send at a later date.

 

I thought if i'm going to do it, might as well cover all the bases i can.


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#6 Arenafoot

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 12:29 AM

don't forget the Spectravideo CompuMate keyboard was released...........

 

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 12:56 AM

Was this from Atari Age magazine?

 

Nevermind...found it...Atari Age Volume 2, Issue 1:

 

http://www.atarimani..._vol_2_no_1.pdf


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#8 Lost Dragon

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 05:29 AM

@Arenafoot:Huge thanks for putting up that piccy, i'd heard said keyboard was released, but until now, never seen one myself, very much appreciated.


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#9 Patrick Boots CEC

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 06:20 PM

Wow, this is cool.
Too bad they never released it.
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#10 Arenafoot

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 08:42 PM

@Arenafoot:Huge thanks for putting up that piccy, i'd heard said keyboard was released, but until now, never seen one myself, very much appreciated.

looks like alot of them have sold on eBay recently: 

http://www.ebay.com/...=p2045573.m1684

 

they sold from $26.59 to $79.99


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#11 Ballblaɀer

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 09:54 PM

Lots more about this, including very comprehensive design notes, over at the Atari Museum.

 

And they "said it could not be done"...  ha!  B)


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#12 kamakazi20012

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 10:55 AM

Lots more about this, including very comprehensive design notes, over at the Atari Museum.
 
And they "said it could not be done"...  ha!  B)


There was a lot done with the VCS they said couldn't be done. It might seem primitive but it has done a lot.
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#13 Scott Stilphen

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Posted 27 October 2016 - 05:50 PM

More info about "My First Computer" AKA "2600 Computer" AKA "The Graduate":

 

http://www.ataricomp...d.html#graduate


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#14 Scott Stilphen

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 06:27 PM

Fixed link.  There's a link to an excerpt from Brian Bagnall's excellent book "On The Edge: The Spectacular Rise And Fall Of Commodore":

 

http://www.ataricomp...cs_keyboard.pdf

 

Soon after PVI was formed, Jack Tramiel heard PVI approached Atari and filed a ("exploratory") lawsuit against them, claiming they stole trade secrets.  PVI were forced to disclose details of their VCS project.  Tramiel insisted that was his product, and pursued the case.  The Graduate was ultimately cancelled by James Morgan when he took over as the new Atari CEO in 1983.  An ongoing lawsuit against PVI by Commodore was likely the main motivating reason for its cancellation.  PVI eventually won, but it cost them several years and approximately $300,000.

 

There were 3 other companies that worked on VCS keyboard peripherals, only one of which was released:

 

Entex:  http://www.ataricomp....html#piggyback

Unitronics: http://www.ataricomp...d.html#expander

Spectravideo: http://www.ataricomp....html#compumate


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#15 TrekMD

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 07:13 PM

I remember seeing the Atari keyboard in the Atari Age magazine and feeling very excited about it.  Too bad it was never released.


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#16 Lost Dragon

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 08:34 AM

Huge thanks to Scott Stilphen for sharing the info.






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