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Lot #3164
Atari: PONG Arcade Video Game

Early PONG video game arcade console—the first game developed by Atari

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Early PONG video game arcade console—the first game developed by Atari

Rare early original PONG arcade video game manufactured by Atari, Inc., and originally released on November 29, 1972. The game is in non-working condition but is housed in its original iconic cabinet, 26.5˝ x 60.5˝ x 23.5˝, with bright yellow front, upper “PONG” text, and a metallic control plate with two-player knobs, gameplay instructions, and Atari and Syzygy logos. The front of the cabinet frame reveals inset bottom edges, an early design flaw that makes the cabinet susceptible to tilting and falling over; later straight-cut machines manufactured by Bally rectified this issue. The console features a replacement Bally coin door (typically found on straight-cut cabinets), two original Atari spinner controls are attached to the PONG Syzygy PCB wiring harness on the inside of the cabinet, and the large upright capacitor on the game’s circuit board is indicative of early Atari hardware. The cabinet is missing its original back door. Nonfunctional and in fine condition, with scattered wear and dings to the cabinet, and some marks and scuffs to the control plate. A rare opportunity to own an early original cabinet for an arcade that jump-started the video game revolution.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Steve Jobs and the Apple Computer Revolution
  • Dates: #690 - Ended March 21, 2024