rhindlethereddragon, on Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:26 PM, said:
OK, I don't think anybody can reasonably deny that the Intellivision has far better graphics overall than the Atari 2600. In fact, I can only think of 1 or 2 cases where the Atari version of the same game has better graphics. No comparison really. But for this thread, I want to focus on the strengths of the 2600 over the Intellivision.
1. Processor speed. From what I recall, the 2600 beats the INTV in terms of processing speed.
2. Controllers. I still think the 2600 has all other systems beat with the handheld joystick. That, and the fact that the controllers are detachable, and you can use the paddle controller, and other controllers as well.
3. Game library. No comparison, the 2600 wins. One could say, "Imagine if the Intellivision had all the same games as the Atari 2600, they would be SO much better.." - but, would the games PLAY as well and fast with the slower processing speed and controllers?
Add anything else you can think of.
1. You can't compare the processors. It is apples to oranges. The CP1610 in the Intellivision is a 16 bit chip so it can handle larger values than the 6507 in fewer clock cycles and clock cycles is what determines speed in a game not mhz.
2. If the controllers were so bad, why did Coleco, and later Atari themselves, go to controllers with keypads? Even the 2600 had separate keypad controllers. They must have done something right there. The flat disc controlled by the thumb could also be considered a predecessor of the D-pad, which every system from the NES/SMS onward used in some form. Atari even used a D-pad for the PAL 7800 controller.
3. The quality of the games on the Intellivision is a lot better than the games for the 2600, even though there weren't as many. You also have to consider that a large number of 2600 games that were released around the time of the crash were utter crap. So while there may have been hundreds of games released globally for the 2600 over it's life, how many of them are games you would actually want to play? I can't think of many Intellivision games I could say that about.
Another factor in favor of Intellivision is that there was a 2600 module made for it so you could play all your Intellivision and 2600 games on one system. You couldn't do that with the Atari because it couldn't play Intellivision games, even though some did go cross platform. The cross platform games never looked or played as well on the 2600, though. The Intellivision also had keyboard and voice synth modules.
The only real advantage I can see that mattered is that the 2600 was always a heck of a lot cheaper than an Intellivision. The various companies that sold Intellivisions couldn't drop prices quickly enough to keep up with Atari, apart from that Intellivision was a much better system.
Edited by OldAtarian, Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:56 AM.