Atari 2600 Driving Controller

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A Driving Controller unit.

The Atari 2600 Driving Controller is a video game controller designed by Atari for use on the Atari 2600. The controller was released on 1977-09-11 along with the console. Although the Driving Controller uses the same shape as the Atari 2600 Paddle Controller, it is different internally. The button is the same, but, rather than use an analog potentiometer, the Driving Controller uses digital switches which determine if the user is turning clockwise or counter-clockwise. The Driving Controller also only has a single unit per connector compared to the two units of the Paddle Controller. To counteract this downside, the Driving Controller was sold two-to-a-pack.

The Driving Controller was only ever intended for a single commercial Atari 2600 game, Indy 500, even though there were many driving games made for the Atari 2600 which may have benefited from it. However, the homebrew community has created additional games for the system which support it.

The Atari 2600 Paddle Controller is included in the Controller Font.


I never had this controller as part of any of my Atari 2600 collections over the years, and have never used it.


I don't own, nor have I ever owned, a Driving Controller.


Despite only being supported by a single game, the Driving Controller was released multiple times throughout the life of the Atari 2600.

Picture Released Model Notes

Atari 2600 - Driving Controller - CX 20-01.jpg

1977-09-11 CX 20-01 Has the Atari logo next to a racecar icon.

Atari 2600 - Driving Controller - CX 20-01 - Sears.jpg

1977-09-11 CX 20-01 Replaces the Atari logo with the Sears logo.

Atari 2600 - Driving Controller - CX 20.jpg

1978-??-?? CX 20 The revision replaces the Atari logo with the word "driving" and uses new smaller racecar.



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