Atari 8-bit

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Atari 8-bit family
Developer Atari, Inc.
Type Home computer, Home video game console
Release date 1979
Discontinued 1992
Successor Atari ST
The Atari XE Game System (XEGS)

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, XEGS Cycle
Altirra Windows 3.10 400, 800, XL, XE, XEGS Cycle
Atari++ emulator Multi-platform 1.81 400, 800, XL, XE, XEGS Cycle
Pantheon Windows 9.87 800, XE Mid ~
Atari800Win-PLus Windows 4.1 400, 800, XL, XE, XEGS ?
MAME Multi-platform 0.224 Good: 400, 800
Basic: XL, XE, XEGS
? ~
Altirra Windows (ARM) 3.10 400, 800, XL, XE, XEGS Cycle

Atari XEGS

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.


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