|Type||Home computer, Home video game console|
The Atari 8-bit family is a series of 8-bit home computers introduced by Atari in 1979 and manufactured until 1992. It includes the Atari 400, 800, XL, XE and the home console version Atari XEGS. Due to similarity of hardware most Atari 8-bit emulators can also emulate the Atari 5200.
|Name||Operating System(s)||Latest Version||Models||Libretro Core||Accuracy||Active||Recommended|
|Atari800||Multi-platform||4.0.0||400, 800, XL, XE||✓||Cycle||✓||✓|
|Altirra||Windows||3.10||400, 800, XL, XE, XEGS||✗||Cycle||✓||✓|
|Atari++ emulator||Multi-platform||1.81||400, 800, XL, XE||✗||Cycle||✓||✓|
|Atari800Win-PLus||Windows||4.1||400, 800, XL, XE, XEGS||✗||?||✗||✗|
|MAME||Multi-platform||0.221||Good: 400, 800
Basic: XL, XE, XEGS
|Altirra||Windows (ARM)||3.10||400, 800, XL, XE, XEGS||✗||Cycle||✓||✓|
The Atari XE Video Game System (Atari XEGS) was based on Atari's 8-bit 65XE computer, while the operating system for most of the XEGS units is called the XE ROM revision C. That specification is the same as any other Atari computer (i.e. 800/XL/XE) that had that ROM, which is usually why no separate software was needed to emulate this console's hardware. The XEGS is backward compatible with the Atari 8-bit computer software library. The console could be turned into a computer with its specially designed keyboard and, while in computer mode, use most of the peripherals released for Atari's 8-bit computer line.
There are no games that are XEGS exclusive; instead, they all run on the older machines (with enough memory) or on the XE/XL line as well.
- C:\RETRO ROO> Atari XEGS Reboot, Part 1: 8-bit Nostalgia (October 7, 2016. David K. Sutton.)
- 60 Best Atari 8-bit games (Apr 30, 2010. By zubiaks2.)
- Atari 8 bit Vs. Arcade - Part 1 (Published on Jul 29, 2016. Laird's Lair.)
- 20 Games That Defined the Atari XEGS (May 17, 2012. By applemctom.)