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 video game 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||4.1.0||400, 800, XL, XE||✓||Cycle||✓||✓|
|Altirra||Windows||3.10||400, 800, XL, XE||✗||Cycle||✓||✓|
|Atari++||Multi-platform||1.81||400, 800, XL, XE||✗||Cycle||✓||✓|
|MAME||Multi-platform||0.209||Good: 400, 800
Basic: XL, XE
|Atari800Win-PLus||Windows||4.1||400, 800, XL, XE||✗||?||✗||✗|
|Altirra||Windows (ARM)||3.10||400, 800, XL, XE||✗||Cycle||✓||✓|
The Atari 400 was released in November of 1979 and retailed for $500. It had a 6502 CPU at 1.79 MHz with 4KB of RAM. It had 3 graphics modes, a 24 X 40 text, 160 x 96 with 128 colors, and 320 x 192 in B&W.
The Atari 800 was released in November of 1979 alongside the Atari 400. It retailed for $999.95 with a 6502 CPU at 1.8 MHz and 8KB of RAM. It had the same graphics modes as the Atari 400.
The Atari 1200XL was released in March of '83 and retailed for $899 with a 6502C CPU at 1.79 MHz. It had 64KB of RAM with 5 text modes, with the max being 40x24 and the min being 20x12, and 12 graphics modes, with the max being 320x192.
The Atari 600 XL was released in December of '84 and retailed for $208.71 with the 6502C CPU at 1.79 MHz with 16KB of RAM.
The Atari 800 XL was released in December of '84 alongside the Atari 600 XL and had the same CPU has the 600 XL but with 64KB of RAM.
|Type||Home video game console|
The Atari XE Video Game System (XEGS) was based on Atari's 8-bit 65XE computer and released in the Fall of '87. It was retailed for $159 and had a 6502C CPU at 1.79 MHz with 64KB of RAM. 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.
|Name||Operating System(s)||Latest Version||Libretro Core||Accuracy||Active||Recommended|
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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- 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.)