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||Atari's first consumer
product. The idea was to take all of the components of the coin-op
Pong board designed by Al Alcorn and put them onto a chip. Fairly
rare to find one in the UK but sold in the millions in the US.
||Atari took the classic
mechanical pinball game and turned it into a video rendition. Features
controls built into the console. Quite rare to find one in the UK.
||The Atari VCS and 2600 must be one
of the most popular home consoles ever produced. First released in
1978 it is also one of the first. There is at least 800 games available
many of which are simpler versions of popular arcade games such as
Pac-Man, Space invaders and Defender.
||Atari released an improved
version of the 2600 released in 1986, features a built in version
of Asteroids. Backwardly compatible with the VCS and featured new
joystick designs in the uk. Loads of arcade conversions such as Commando
Ikari Warriors and Raiden. It's surprising it didn't do better as the
games were much better than the 2600 versions. With backwards
compatability built in - making a huge library of games readily available.
||Used the state-of-the-art
hardware they put into their 400/800 home computers. However, it was
never as successful as it predecessor mainly due to its lack of decent
games, most being the same tired old releases that had already
been seen time and again and although much improved over their Atari
||One of Atari's first home computers
featured a MOS Technology's 6502 microprocessor with a
Speed of 1.79MHz
||MOS Technology's 6502 microprocessor,
RAM :8KB(later models contained 16KB/48K)
||130XE had 130,000 bytes of memory
and the XE stood for XL line Enhanced
||When first released in the US the
520ST was $799.99 (monochrome monitor) and $999.99 (color monitor)
The Inclusion of full MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)
ports, meant musicians could plug their keyboards and sequencers directly
into a computer and helped sales enormously.
||Atari handheld featured
a 16-bit graphics processor, 3.5" color LCD screen with a resolution
of 160 x 102. Also made the Lynx 2 enhanced version.
||The Atari Jaguar was arguably the
world's first 64-bit home console video game system. Developed after
three years of research, manufactured by IBM, the Jaguar was released
in Autum 1993. Never really took mainly due to a lack of decent games
and support. Tempest 2000 being the notable exception.
Atari Inc formed by Nolan Bushnell from a $250 investment. Pong arcade
game becomes a smash sensation.
Atari Inc. sold by Bushnell to Warner Inc. for $28 million.
Atari Inc. posts record sales. $2 billion profits annually. Atari occupies
80 offices in Sunnyvale, CA.
Decline of video games and irresponsible spending by Atari Inc. results
in record losses of $536 million.
Warner divides Atari Inc. Home division (Atari Corp.) is sold to Jack
Atari Corp. releases Atari ST home computer.
Atari Games becomes Time-Warner Interactive.
Atari sold to Hasbro
Hasbro releases their rights to the Jaguar to the public; Atari
is reborn as their new home video game label.
Infogrames Entertainment purchases Hasbro Interactive,
including all of Hasbro's rights to the Atari name and all of
More games are being released under the Atari brand name everything
including Never Winter Nights and the usual re release of the classics
such as Defender.
Now available for free download.