Atari 7800

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Atari 7800 System
Atari 7800 System (American system with joystick controller)
Manufacturer Atari, Inc., Atari Corporation
Type Video game console
Generation Third generation
Release date May 21, 1984 (1984-05-21) (announcement)[1]
US June 1984 (1984-06) (original release)
US January 1986 (1986-01) (re-release)
EU 1987 (1987)
Introductory price US$140
Discontinued January 1, 1992
Units sold 3.77 million (North America)[2]
Media ROM cartridge
CPU Atari SALLY 6502 ("6502C") clocked at 1.19-1.79MHz,
Memory 4KB RAM, 4KB BIOS ROM, 48KB Cartridge ROM Space
Display 160×240, 320×240 (160×288/320×288 if PAL), 25 on-screen colours out of possible 256
Backward
compatibility
Atari 2600
Predecessor Atari 5200
Successor Atari XE Game System

The Atari 7800 is a 8-bit video game console. It was competing with the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Master System. It was Atari's third-to-last attempt to create another video game system that would be a successor to the Atari 2600. It was a short-lived success.

The Atari 7800 is backwards compatible with Atari 2600 games, but not Atari 5200 games. The Atari 7800 is also compatible with Atari 2600 controllers, such as the Atari Paddle controller and the Atari Joystick controller.

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