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Atari 2600 or Atari 7800 - which one do you use for gaming?


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2600 or 7800, which one do you use for gaming?  

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  1. 1. 2600 or 7800, which one do you use for gaming?

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I use the A2600 only if I have to play a game for it that doesn't have compatibility with the A7800 somehow. I have a Supercharger cartridge, for instance. It works best with the A2600. Plus, I have the Stella Gets a New Brain CD and tapes for the cartridge. But, I mostly use the A7800 consoles I own (I have two) for gaming for both systems. It's more advanced and almost completely backwards-compatible with the A2600 without a separate adapter. So, the A7800 is more versatile. Plus, it has great games the A2600 doesn't have. So, the A7800 is definitely my choice. 

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Been using 7800s for both 2600 and 7800 since I got my first one in the late 80s. I lucked out with my original 7800 because it turns out it is an '84 made unit so it doesn't suffer from any of the known compatibility issues nor have I ever had issues with inserting games. It won't seat a supercharger properly, but that wasn't something I knew about back then because I didn't own an SC much less know of its existence back then. Same with Tigervision carts that have issues, I didn't own any Tigervision games back then.

But, even now I still use a 7800 for all of my 2600 and 7800 gaming needs. With some slight modifications, I'm able to play all the tigervision games and use a supercharger if I wanted.

 

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On 2/26/2022 at 9:12 PM, TrekMD said:

I use the 7800 mainly but I use the 2600 for games that require the switches (like Phaser Patrol or Space Shuttle). 

You can still play those games with a 7800 without much issue. Space shuttle is the only real trouble maker as the OMS rockets are activated with the color/bw switch. Since that is the pause button on the 7800 you only have two options to play Space Shuttle. Either keep your finger pressed on the pause for as long as you need your OMS burn to last, or... read up where it states in the manual...

That I believe player 1 difficult can be used to turn on emergency OMS rockets. So when I played Space Shuttle on my 7800 in the late 80s (And I played Space Shuttle quite a bit...), I just use the emergency OHMs burn instead of the primary. 

For Phaser Patrol, just play with the shields on at all times hehe. That is what I do!

 

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Oh, I didn't say I couldn't play them on the 7800, just that I prefer to use the 2600.  For Space Shuttle I even have the overlay that goes on the console and that works best on the 2600.  🙂

🖖 Going to the final frontier, gaming...

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