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Atari 8-Bit
Atari • 1979

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Launched ByAtari
Type8-bit Microcomputer
LaunchNovember 1979
DiscontinuedJanuary 1992


'Atari 8-bit' is a collective name for a range of 8-bit computers that Atari launched and supported between 1979 and 1992. Beginning with the Atari 400 and 800, and ending with the XE range.

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Emulation

System Emulator Notes
Windows / Mac OS / Linux MAME/MESS Setname: a400 (Atari 400), a800 (Atari 800), a800xl (Atari 800XL), a130xe (Atari 130XE)
Various Atari800 -
Windows Altirra -
Mac OS Atari800MacX -
Mac OS Rainbow -
Linux Atari++ -
Windows Pantheon Multi platform emulator
Retroarch via lr-atari800 -
RetroPie via Atari800 and lr-atari800 default is lr-atari800

Emulator information last updated 18th April 2020

Tech Specs and further details

Name Atari 400 / 800
Launched 1979
Codename Candy (Atari 400) / Colleen (Atari 800)
Origin United States
Processor MOS Technology 6502B
Developed by Jay Miner
Memory 8KB originally (the Atari 800 could be expanded by the user to 48K). Later models came with 16KB
Display Output Built-in RF modulator
Display Size (characters) 40 x 25
Colours Palette of 256 colours
Storage ROM Cartridge, Floppy Disk, Cassette
Input Standard built-in Keyboard (Atari 800), Membrane keyboard (Atari 400), support for 4 joysticks
Cost $550 (Atari 400, US launch), $1,000 (Atari 800 US launch)
Name Atari 600XL / 800XL
Launched 1982
Origin United States
Processor MOS Technology 6502C
Memory 16KB, max 64KB (Atari 600XL), 64KB, max 128KB (Atari 800XL)
Colours Palette of 256 colours
Storage ROM Cartridge, Floppy Disk, Cassette
Input Built-in Keyboard, support for 2 joysticks
Name Atari 65XE / Atari 130XE
Launched 1985
Origin United States
Processor MOS Technology 6502C
Memory 64KB RAM (Atari 65XE), 128KB RAM (Atari 130XE), 24KB ROM
Colours Palette of 240 colours
Storage ROM Cartridge, Floppy Disk, Cassette
Input Built-in Keyboard, 2 x joystick ports

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