ANNOUNCEMENT: v1.0 BETA 1 release of x2600, An Atari 2600 Emulator
x2600 is available for download as source and Linux ELF binaries from
Here is the README from the source distribution. For more information check
the above URL.
$Id: README,v 1.1 1996/03/21 17:15:31 alex Exp alex $
Welcome to x2600, an Atari 2600 Emulator for UNIX/X systems. You can now
experience all the fun of old 2600 games on your high powered workstation.
Thrill to the blocky graphics! Get headaches from the flicker! Wallow in
Using the Emulator
Usage: x2600 [OPTIONS] filename
and filename should be either a straight 2k or 4k cartridge dump, or an
Activision Action Pack .bin format file.
e.g. x2600 -rr 3 ~/carts/pacman.vcs
x2600 is the the result on my 3rd year university project. I aimed to preserve
old computer games that would otherwise be lost to the world.
I have tested x2600 on my home Linux system and on a Sparc 2 running
SunOS 4.3. If you manage to compile it on another platform please send me an
The 2600 is notoriously difficult to emulate, especially in C. So I would
recommend at least a Pentium level processor. The frame buffer speed also
On a Sparc 2 x2600 is far too slow.
On a Pentium 100 is just nice with frame skipping set to 3.
Better performance will probably come in later releases.
Not all games work.
Beware of the file selector, it doesn't always work.
There is no sound support yet.
x2600 is free software distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public
License. See the file COPYING for details.
A full list of contributors can be found in the file CREDITS.
Alex Hornby 21.3.96
++ Alex Hornby | Third Year Computer Science | University of Warwick ++
++ http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/~wilhor/ | PGP | Tel (01203) 677624 ++