Users' questions

Can you connect an Atari to a new TV?

Can you connect an Atari to a new TV?

Using an adapter, yes, it’s possible to connect Atari to modern TV sets. Atari 2600s have an integrated RCA cable that fits in the composite or component inputs on modern TVs, but the signal isn’t compatible. The cable is designed to connect to the antenna connector, because in 1977, that was all that televisions had.

How do I hook up an Atari to an old TV?

Just connect it to the RCA cable of the game system, then plug the other end into the coaxial (“cable”) jack on the TV. Set the TV to the channel that the game system is set to (usually 2-4), and your’re ready. If you still have an old TV/Game switchbox and you don’t want to buy something new, you can use that.

Is there a way to connect an Atari to a TV?

To connect an Atari to modern TV sets, you can use an adapter that converts the TV’s F connector to an RCA connector. In the old days you could go to the local Radio Shack and buy part# 278-0475. For most people, that’s not an option anymore. But you can get them on Ebay.

How does an Atari 2600 work on a TV?

The Atari 2600’s RF signal behaves just like an analog TV station operating on channel 2 or 3. But that still leaves a second problem. Even on most TV sets made in the late 1980s, there’s no place to plug the Atari switchbox in. In the 1970s, antennas used flat, twin-lead 300 ohm antenna wire that connected to the back of the TV with two screws.

Can a VHS player connect to an Atari?

Connecting your Atari through the VHS or DVD player takes a few more steps, but is still doable even if you’re not tech-savvy. Check the back of your DVD or VHS player to see if it has the coaxial input. If it does, you’re in luck.

Can a CRT connect to a modern TV?

Even if you have a CRT from the 1990s, it might not have an obvious place to hook it up. But it’s possible to connect Atari to modern TV sets. Here’s how. Today you can buy a flashback console that contains a selection of games and uses a more modern connection method.