Atari joystick for use with an Atari 800 system. Joysticks were used for playing games. The Atari computer system was a series of components including a television set, which function together as a single system. Other components included a computer console, program cassettes and program recorder.

Atari was one of the earliest personal computers available in Australia. The Atari was to have only 4k of memory, which is how its number designation was determined - 400. Atari 400/800 was teamed with its own peripheral, the Atari 410 cassette recorder. The Atari 800 did not have a composite monitor port and could only be connected to a standard TV via its RF modulator cord. The Atari 410 came in two versions, the 410 and 410A. This object is the former version. It has a built in power supply and a serial I/O cable. The Atari 410/410A had a unique feature exclusively used by Atari - it could play two separate tracks on a tape. This was useful for interactive programs where a user would run a program and hear audio music/speech while the other track would load the next part of the program.

Physical Description

Black rectangular base with joystick handle protruding vertically from the middle. Reb button in one corner of the base. Cable emerges from the base and terminates in DB9 female connector. Four rubber feet on base.

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