List of 6502-based Computers and Consoles

List of 6502-based Computers and Consoles

This is a list of home computers and games consoles that use the
MOS Technology 6502 chip or a variant. The basic design of these CPU’s are 8-bit and the basic 6502 instruction set works in the same way on all these systems. I will add more information about these systems when time allows.

  • Apple I – 1976 [6502]
  • Commodore PET – 1977 [6502]
  • Atari VCS (later known as 2600) – 1977 [6507]
  • Atari 400/800 – 1979 [6502]
  • Commodore VIC-20 – 1980 [6502]
  • BBC Micro – 1981 [6502]
  • Commodore 64 – 1982 [6510]
  • Oric – 1982 [6502]
  • Atari 5200 – 1982 [6502]
  • Nintendo Entertainment System / Famicom – 1983 [6502]
  • Apple IIe -1983 [6502]
  • Atari Lynx -1989 [65SC02]

As always, let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any!

Image Credits: Konstantin Lanzet

4 thoughts on “List of 6502-based Computers and Consoles

  1. You have the Apple I and Apple IIe, but don’t list the Apple II and Apple II+. Also, later models of the Apple IIe as well as the Apple IIc and Apple IIc+ used the 65C02.

  2. Acorn had some other 6502 based computers:
    Acron System computer range, backplane plus daughter cards
    Acorn ATOM, smaller form factor but again popular with enthusiasts and modders
    Acorn BBC Micro Model A and B followed by the B+, Master and Master Compact, some including co-processors of various types and all capable of having coprocessors including the first ARM chips.
    Acorn Electron, price reduced and some features reduced but could still run BBC BASIC and any “legal” BBC Micro code.
    Micro Men is a good docudrama if you want to know more about the BBC Micro and Sinclair Computers.

  3. There were also a lot of kids toys by VTek that used a variant of the 6502. I think Teddy Ruxbin had one and even the Space Shuttles.

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