PokeyONE: A modern, reliable, replacement for the the Atari POKEY chip!
Finding original POKEY chips that still work is getting harder by the moment. Many of the NOS chips on the market are faulty, with no guarantee they will work when you get them. Until now, the newest ones available have been at least 31 years old! We are excited to offer a replacement that will work without question. Each chip is tested before shipment. We stand behind our product - if you have any trouble with your chip, we are glad to replace it! Huge thanks to some awesome friends who didn't give up on making this happen!
After many years in the making, we are glad to present to you... PokeyONE, the Atari POKEY chip replacement!
* SHIPPING IS FREE (INCLUDED IN THE PRICE) TO THE LOWER 48. We are currently having a issue with setting up the shipping costs for international shipping, we hope to have this fixed in the next week or so. In the meantime, if you are overseas and want to order, email us your order at email@example.com. We ship overseas all the time, this is just a site issue we need to get worked out. Thanks!
Frequently Asked Questions
Will PokeyONE work with my game? If your game is an Atari arcade game that uses a POKEY chip, yes! PokeyONE has been tested and confirmed to be compatible with all Atari vector and raster games that use one or more POKEYs. In a multi-POKEY game, PokeyONEs work fine when mix-and-matched with original POKEYs. If you have a game that uses a "Quad POKEY Eliminator" board, the PokeyONE can replace any or all of the four POKEY chips on that board. Certified game list at the very bottom.
Will PokeyONE work in my Atari 400/800/1200 home computer? Regrettably, no. The Atari home computers require certain POKEY functions that are not supported in version 1.0 of the PokeyONE.
Will PokeyONE work in my Atari 5200 or my Atari 7800 homebrew cartridge? Maybe...? We haven't tested PokeyONE in these applications, so we can't guarantee compatibility.
How close is the sound to a real POKEY? As close as we could possibly make it. The PokeyONE has been painstakingly engineered to match the volume profile of the original POKEY.
It looks like the PokeyONE is bigger than an original POKEY. Is it going to fit into my game board? Yes, it's bigger, but only very slightly. Star Wars and, especially, Food Fight, are a tight squeeze, but the PokeyONE will fit into any POKEY socket on any Atari game board.
Those pins look fragile. What if I break one? The machined pins that serve as the chip's "legs" are high-quality parts but they are fragile Please take care not to bend the pins and be careful when installing or removing the PokeyONE from its socket. If you break off a pin, the PokeyONE may still function normally, as not every one of the 40 pins is used. If you have to replace a pin, separate the portion of the header body containing the "stump" from of the header strip by snipping the header body with a flush cutter. Use a soldering iron to remove that section of the header from the PCB and solder a stiff, short, L-shaped piece of wire in place of the missing pin.
How do I know I'm not installing the PokeyONE upside-down? The original POKEY has a semi-circular or rectangular notch at the "top" end, and many Atari boards are marked with an outline of the notched chip body to confirm the proper orientation. The PokeyONE has a semi-circular cutout at its "top" end, and the corner marked with a white dot is the "top left" (pin no. 1) position.
My game makes a "pop" noise from the speaker when I power it up. Is that normal? Yes. The PokeyONE, as part of its start-up routine, outputs a short audio pulse.
Tested and Working Game List
- Star Wars (4x)
- Asteroids Deluxe
- Major Havoc (4x)
- Gravitar (2x)
- Black Widow (2x)
- Space Duel (2x)
- Missile Command
- Super Missile Attack
- Millipede (2x)
- Marble Madness
- Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom
- Road Runner
- Paperboy (2x)
- Championship Sprint (2x)
- Food Fight (3x)
- Return of the Jedi (4x)
- Empire Strikes Back (4x)
- Crystal Castles (x2)
- Quantum (x2)
- Red Baron
Not Tested Yet: (we hope to test a few of these in the next week or two)
- Peter Packrat
- Super Sprint (2x)
- Gauntlet/Gauntlet II
- Cloak and Dagger (2x)
- Liberator (2x)
- I, Robot (4x)
- Firefox (4x) (quad pokey board may not fit)
- Tetris (2x)