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Hey, I know I’d run in the past at the harmony cartridge cannot load more than one game on it for the Atari 2600+. But I was thinking about getting one just so that I could load code onto it and actually show it on a machine. What do you guys think?  Totally newbie guy that is just trying to figure out how to get the programming stuff as well as the other Bataru stuff.

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On 2/6/2024 at 10:39 PM, Kellertronix said:

Hey, I know I’d run in the past at the harmony cartridge cannot load more than one game on it for the Atari 2600+. But I was thinking about getting one just so that I could load code onto it and actually show it on a machine. What do you guys think?  Totally newbie guy that is just trying to figure out how to get the programming stuff as well as the other Bataru stuff.

It’s what I’m doing to stay motivated - I say do it!

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On 2/6/2024 at 10:39 PM, Kellertronix said:

Hey, I know I’d run in the past at the harmony cartridge cannot load more than one game on it for the Atari 2600+. But I was thinking about getting one just so that I could load code onto it and actually show it on a machine. What do you guys think?  Totally newbie guy that is just trying to figure out how to get the programming stuff as well as the other Bataru stuff.

The 2600+ is an emulator.  You want to test your homebrew on real hardware.  I think what you need to do is to get an OEM Atari VCS/2600 from the 70's or 80's and a Harmony cart.  

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On 2/7/2024 at 11:48 PM, bigfriendly said:

Is there any possibility that in the future the Harmony Cart could be upgraded to fully function with the 2600+?

I don't think so. From what I understand, the 2600+ doesn't run games directly from the cartridge, but rather dumps the ROM to internal storage and then emulates it from there. That works great for ~97% of the original commercially released games, and for plenty of later homebrew games written with the same restrictions, but not for anything that uses unusual bank switching schemes or other extra support chips. There's nothing that the Harmony can do to change this, and the only way the 2600+ can support these "non-standard" games is virtually to come with them preinstalled.

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