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#1 Master Phruby ONLINE  

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Posted Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:52 AM

Was there really a system like this planned?

 

2900-front.jpg

 

http://ftp.pigwa.net...900console.html



#2 Jess Ragan OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:26 AM

Looks similar to an actual 2600 clone released by Sears in the early 1980s. Minus the extra cart slot, of course.

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Posted Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:32 PM

Looks like it has a trunk a la 5200. Could have been a 2600 & 800 compatible machine using 5200 style controllers? Top cart port looks to be for the 2600 and I'm venturing a guess at the second potential cart port on the front being for A8 carts. That would have been an interesting machine.



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Posted Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:32 PM

Looks like a half-step between the 2700 and 2800/Video Arcade II.

 

No idea what that extra port on the front could have been, though. Perhaps some peripheral that was planned that required a unique interface other than the standard cartridge or controller ports (and which would therefore have been exclusive to the "2900")?


Edited by BassGuitari, Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:38 PM.


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Posted Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:53 PM

Looks like a half-step between the 2700 and 2800/Video Arcade II.

 

No idea what that extra port on the front could have been, though. Perhaps some peripheral that was planned that required a unique interface other than the standard cartridge or controller ports (and which would therefore have been exclusive to the "2900")?

 

Maybe even an SIO port for other Atari prepherals like a tape deck, keyboard or printer even? Never really gonna know I guess.



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Posted Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:54 AM

is that the one with the wireless controllers?



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Posted Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:05 AM

 

Maybe even an SIO port for other Atari prepherals like a tape deck, keyboard or printer even? Never really gonna know I guess.

 

Would the 400/800's SIO be compatible with 2600 architecture? (Sorry if that's a stupid question.) That would be pretty cool, although it seems it would have been pointless unless Atari also had plans for new 2600 games that would have made use of it.

 

RAM expansion maybe?



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Posted Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:45 AM

 

Would the 400/800's SIO be compatible with 2600 architecture? (Sorry if that's a stupid question.) That would be pretty cool, although it seems it would have been pointless unless Atari also had plans for new 2600 games that would have made use of it.

 

RAM expansion maybe?

 

Guess we will never know. I doubt the SIO stuff would work on the 2600 side but that's assuming they didn't plan on making something to do that. Also, this is all out of my ass guessing so every single bit of my thought process on this could be 100 percent wrong. Would be a bitchin' system if it was true though :)



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Posted Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:53 PM

 

The Atari 2900 is a true oddity in itself, never has any Atari document, engineering log, magazine article or word-of-mouth ever mentioned such a console.   Almost nothing is known about the console or its characteristics other then the basic mechanical features such as a clear plexiglass storage area for its controllers, 4 standard Atari 9-pin joystick ports, front power switch and what appears to be some sort of additional cartridge port or expansion port in the front right side of the console.   These photo's were graciously donated to the Atari Historical Society by former Atari Industrial designer William Renteria.

Does anyone know how to contact William Renteria? I wouldn't recommend everyone calling him at once; that would be too much. Just one person, who knows him.

 

What about the person who ran that site? Anyone know how to contact them?

 

It is a beautiful design, even if it's not real.


Edited by pacman000, Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:00 PM.


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Posted Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:40 PM

is that the one with the wireless controllers?

 

No, that's the 2700.

 

The case design is definitely informed by it, though...and/or the 5200 and the whole wedge thing Atari was doing at the time in general. To me this looks like a cross between the 2700 and Video Arcade II (2800).

 

BTW, is this an actual case prototype or an artist's rendering?

 

(Also, why is this thread in Dedicated Consoles? :P )



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Posted Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:13 PM

Yes, I think this thread should be in the Prototypes subforum.

 

I have understood there are so many Atari prototypes, both before the 2600 and in the time inbetween it and the 5200 that nearly every even 100th in the range of 2000 - 5500 at some time has been used.



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Posted Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:21 AM

Was there really a system like this planned?

 

2900-front.jpg

 

http://ftp.pigwa.net...900console.html

 

Reminds me of the Atari 2700, except not as good looking. I wonder what the controllers would look like.  :ponder:



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Posted Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:08 PM

I'm guessing it's just a mock-up; perhaps meant to try out concepts for the 5200.




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