Atari XEGS

By 1987 Atari had just about finished it's run with 8-bit computers, having repackaged and resold their aging Atari 400, 2600, and 7800's as 5200 and 2600jr's, respectively. Having no luck selling these machines as actual computers, Atari disguised its 65XE as a video game console, hoping to sell them in mass-market locations like K-Mart and J.C.Penney, who at the time had ceased selling computers. Overall, the console was not a success. Many merchants did not know what to do with the machines and many sat on shelves unsold.

  • Status: Discontinued
  • Availability date: 11/1987
  • Price at launch: $199.00

Basic Specs

Controller connection Wired
Game media Cartridge

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...
Alias XE Video Game System
Hardware
Color Gray
Exterior surface Matte
Performance
CPU brand MOS Technology
CPU model 6502B
CPU speed 1.78 MHz
RAM 64 KB
Ports
Audio / Video output Unspecified
Physical controller port(s) 2
Controller connection Wired
Software
Game media Cartridge
Notable app support Missile Command (built-in)
Power
Power supply External
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