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I've recently seen the pelican portable system with 75 built in games and a 2 1/2 color screen (available at gamestop, etc.). It also connects to a standard TV for big screen game play. The unit sells for only $30.

 

It would be neat if the FB3 was a portable system with Lynx styling. It could have 40 or 50 built in Atari 2600, 7800 games. A usb or media card port could be attached so additional games could be purchased for the system. Perhaps more graphical 8-bit or lynx ports.

 

I think consumers would really go for the chance to take their "Atari" anywhere they go and also have the chance to play it on the TV at home.

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I've recently seen the pelican portable system with 75 built in games and a 2 1/2 color screen (available at gamestop, etc.).  It also connects to a standard TV for big screen game play.  The unit sells for only $30. 

 

It would be neat if the FB3 was a portable system with Lynx styling.  It could have 40 or 50 built in Atari 2600, 7800 games.  A usb or media card port could be attached so additional games could be purchased for the system.  Perhaps more graphical 8-bit or lynx ports.

 

I think consumers would really go for the chance to take their "Atari" anywhere they go and also have the chance to play it on the TV at home.

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dont forget the system link cable :)

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I picked up one of the Pelican portable game systems. It is a well constructed system. The screen is crystal clear and backlit so you can play it in the dark. It looks as good if not better than the gameboy advance screen. The case is sturdy and the controls are responsive. It has a volume control, headphone input and a tv output so you can play your games on a standard TV. Battery life is 15 hours on 2 AAA batteries. The game menu is broken into categories and easy to navigate. The manual that comes with the system is informative and gives a general gameplay over view of each of the 50 games. The 50 built in games are the Nintendo style clones but they are fun and challenging. If atari had a system like this for the FB3 loaded with 2600 and 7800 games with a USB or media card port for expanded game play, I think it would be a great success.

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I did some research and the Pelican thing appears to be an NES portable.

 

Very cool that they can sell a device with a color LCD so cheap, but remember that the NES doesn't have the same resolution as the 2600. The LCD display looks perfectly square. I suspect it's 256 pixels across, matching the horizontal resolution of the NES. That's greater than the 160 pixels the 2600 can display, but it will still mangle the 2600's pixels. If you've ever run an LCD display on a PC at non-native resolution you know what I'm talking about.

 

People seem to overlook this when they think about 2600 portables.

 

Interfacing against any arbitray portable TV, for instance, isn't going to yield very good results if the LCD's native resolution doesn't match the 2600.

 

The only way to do justice to the 2600 is to hook it up to a 320x240 display and line up the pixels properly (since you are feeding it an analog video signal, not a digital one).

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