Subject: Re: [stella] Linking 2600 consoles?|
From: jimn8@xxxxxxxxxx (Jim Nitchals)
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 10:51:15 -0700 (PDT)
> > If the 2600 joystick ports are anything like the 8-bit Atari ports, I > don't think they could support data rates much higher than 1200 baud > (maybe less since the clock speed and CPU availability is lower on the > 2600). This probably wouldn't be fast enough to support a networked game. To the contrary, the Atari 400/800's joystick port delivers data at *VERY* high rates without hacking the hardware. We got 3-5K bytes per second depending on whether one or two joystick ports were used. Electronic Arts called it the "N-Wire" after the last name of its designer :) We used the N-Wire on Apple II's (parallel card or paddle port), C-64, Atari 800, and even IBM PC's (we hand-modified parallel cards to support bidirectionality, and surprisingly the later PC port designs used the *same* hack) and Macintosh (mouse port with a switch box.) It'd be a piece of cake to sync up two 2600's, and have them share stick data during vblank time with plenty of CPU left over for game work. - Jim "N". -- Archives available at http://www.biglist.com/lists/stella/archives/ E-mail UNSUBSCRIBE in the body to stella-request@xxxxxxxxxxx to be removed.