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Atari - 2600 Emulators

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Popular Emulators

Name Description
Stella Stella is a multi-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Stella was originally developed for Linux by Bradford W. Mott, and is currently maintained by Stephen Anthony. Since its original release several people have joined the development team to port Stella to other operating systems such as AcornOS, AmigaOS, DOS, FreeBSD, IRIX, Linux, OS/2, MacOS, Unix, and Windows.

Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017 is required to be downloaded and installed manually.

Other Emulators

Name Description
A26 A26 was written in 100% assembly which is very compact. It emulates sound through the PC speaker,however.
no$2k6 nocash Atari 2600 emulator by martin korth

Emulation works with all games known. Precise timing emulation synchronizes CPU with the cathode ray beam. Auto-detects pal/ntsc frame rates & cartridge memory banking types. Emulates joysticks, paddles, keypads, and steering controller.

Debugger with breakpoints, symbolic debug info (labels), automatic I/O disassembler comments, built-in assembler/disassembler supports native/nocash syntaxes, upload to real atari function, help text includes full atari programming specs.
PC Atari PC Atari is one of the most popular Atari 2600 emulators. It provides a nice GUI, fast emulation, supports all cartridge types, has good support for various controllers (including MS Sidewinder controllers) and supports sound with Sound Blaster and 100% compatibles. It even supports Pitfall 2. It's worth the download. Comes in both DOS and Windows versions.
pyTari This is an Atari emulator programmed entirely in Python and some common modules. Currently, it requires only PyGame 1.5.0 and Numeric.
VCS 2600 This emulator supports sound, has 3 different videomodes, and all different cartridge types, and is an all around good emulator.
Virtual 2600 This is the DOS port of Virtual 2600, although,confusingly enough, Virtual VCS is Dan Boris's port of Virtual 2600! This is an outdated emulator, and provides no sound emulation.
Virtual VCS This emulator supports many cartridge types. Although it has no sound emulation whatsoever and is outdated, it is still a nice emulator.
z26 z26 is a Atari 2600 emulator. z26 is released subject to the terms and conditions of the GNU General Public License Version 2 (GPL).

z26 comes with no warranty. Please see the included COPYING.TXT for details.

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: This version of z26 is known to work on Windows 10, Linux, and Intel Macintoshes. As this version of z26 is written in C, it is possible to compile and run this version of z26 on 64-bit Linux systems as well as the Raspberry Pi, but your system needs to support OpenGL.

HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS: A computer with reasonably fast processors, hardware support for OpenGL, and a working vsync. A Raspberry Pi version 1 or a Raspberry Pi Zero should be fast enough.

Atari - 2600 Emulators on Other Platforms

Linux (2)
Macintosh (1)
Amiga (2)
-- Dreamcast (2)
-- Nintendo DS (2)
-- Game Park 32 (2)
-- Playstation Portable (2)
-- Nintendo Wii (2)
-- Playstation 3 (1)
-- GP2X (2)
Java (1)
Pocket PC (1)
Windows Mobile (1)
Android (1)

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