All Atari Consoles & Computers Ever Released (1972-2022) (2022)

Before the NES and the SG-1000 came into existence, Atari was pretty much the pioneer in the home console business. An influential pioneer that paved the way for other companies to break into the video games console industry. While Atari may be half-dead, its spirit is still burning among the retro community.

Atari was founded back in 1972 by Pong and Computer Space co-creators, Ted Dabney and Nolan Bushnell. The aforementioned was massively popular but after the video game crash in 1983, Atari would face constant ups and downs that led to its drastic demise. What made the situation worse is the emergence of a plethora of video game consoles including the NES, SG-1000, and the PC Engine.

Despite the Atari becoming a name from the past these days, it managed to leave a mark that would be remembered for decades. Atari will forever remain a legendary name.

Today, we will be taking a look at every Atari console (computers too), including released and unreleased ones. Hop in and read all about it down below.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Atari VCS (2021)
  • 2 Atari Flashback series (2004-2019)
    • 2.1 Atari Flashback Portable series (2016-2019)
  • 3 Atari Jaguar (1993)
  • 4 Atari Falcon030 (1992)
  • 5 Atari Mega STE (1991)
  • 6 Atari Panther (Cancelled- 1991)
  • 7 Atari TT030 (1990)
  • 8 Atari Lynx (1989)
  • 9 Atari XEGS (1987)
  • 10 Atari 7800 (1986)
  • 11 Atari ST (1985)
  • 13 Atari 5200 (1982)
  • 14 Atari 2700 (Unreleased- 1981)
  • 15 Atari 400 (1979)
  • 16 Atari 800 (1979)
  • 17 Atari Cosmos (Unreleased- 1978-1981)
  • 18 Atari Game Brain (Unreleased 1978)
  • 19 Atari 2600 (1977)
  • 20 Atari Pong (1972)

Atari VCS (2021)

CPU: 14nm AMD R1606G Zen processor with 2 cores and 4 threads @ 2.6 GHz (up to 3.5 GHz)
GPU:
Radeon Vega 3 APU architecture with up to 4GB shared graphics memory
Memory:
8 GB DDR4 (800 model) (upgradeable)
Storage:
Internal flash memory: 32 GB
Removable Storage:
Internal (user upgradeable) M.2SSD, or external USB-based storage
Video Output:
HDMI Output
Display:
HDMI 2.0
Media:
Built-in Games
Type: Microconsole
Manufacturer: PowerA

Release Date: June 15, 2021
Status:
Present
Release Price: US$399
Units Sold: 500,000
Codename: Ataribox
Network: 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet

A micro console by Atari SA with a physical design that pays homage to the legendary Atari 2600. This fine hardware is capable of many things and it’s powerful too. The Atari VCS’s technical power allows the user to play modern games. As a modern mini-gaming PC, thanks to its ability to install a Linux-based operating system called AtariOS you can install and play titles from Windows 10 without any issues. However, bear in mind that you can only play undemanding indie games smoothly via Windows 10 and Steam, or also the Epic Games Store.

One of the best things about the Atari VCS is that it can run a couple of blockbusters such as Doom (2016), Skyrim, Grand Theft Auto, and more. They may not run at a constant 60fps at 1080p, but if you’re fine with 720p, then the Atari VCS is a good piece of hardware. The latter is an interesting micro-console, and I hope that similar to the flashback series, we could see new editions in the foreseeable future.

Atari Flashback series (2004-2019)

Video Output: HDMI Output
Media:
Built-in Games
Type: Home Console
Manufacturer: AtGames

Release Date: November 2004
Status:
Present
Release Price: $45
Units Sold: 500,000

A series of dedicated video game consoles manufactured by AtGames. The Flashback series consists of 10 consoles including the flashback X. The aforementioned comes fully loaded with plenty of games. Including classics from the Atari 2600 up to the Atari 7800. Not only that, but the flashback series also includes unreleased prototypes.

The motif behind the Flashback was to make older titles accessible to new and old fans without them reverting to emulation as a solution. the series managed to sell over 500,000 units, but when comparing this to the NES Classic and the Genesis Mini, clearly, the flashback series hasn’t managed to outrank those two. Still, it’s pretty nice to own one of those. They’re cheap after all and have over 100 games to enjoy.

Let’s not forget the Flashback portable too. Below, I’ll be mentioning every Atari Flashback portable edition released to date.

Atari Flashback Portable series (2016-2019)

Video Output: LCD screen 320×240. AV output
Media:
Built-in Games + SD Slot
Type: Handheld
Manufacturer: Atari

Release Date: 2016
Status:
Present
Release Price: $40
Units Sold: Unknown

Work on a Flashback series of the handheld consoles began in 2007, and would officially release back in 2016. This series consists of 4 editions, and each edition comes with a different design and diverse video games. For instance, the first edition has 60 games. Meanwhile, the latest versions have 230 games combined. So, there’s a variety to choose from here. If one had to choose which series to pick up, it’s definitely the latest 4th edition, but hey, to each his own, right?

Atari Jaguar (1993)

CPU: Motorola 68000, 2 custom RISC processors
Video:
32-bit RISC architecture, 4 KB internal RAM
Memory:
2 MB RAM
Video Output:
Monitor-port (Composite/S-Video/RGB)
Media:
Cartidge
Audio:
16-bit audio input and output up to 50 kHz – 8 stereo channels
Type: Home Console

Release Date: November 23, 1993
Code Name: Panther
Generation: Fifth
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: US$249.99
Units Sold: 150,000
Best Selling Game: Alien vs Predator

Back in 1993, Atari would drop a bomb with its new video game home console. The Atari Jaguar was the world’s first 64-bit system ever released with different features as well. Unfortunately, the Jaguar came at a time where companies such as Nintendo, Sega, and Sony were preparing to breach into the new generation of consoles. Hence, why the PS1 and the Sega Saturn proved to be a nuisance to Atari. To tackle this, the latter attempted to expand the system’s lifespan by introducing the Jaguar CD add-on back in 1995. But despite Atari’s attempts to survive, it ended up collapsing which forced the company to leave the console market. Atari Jaguar ended up selling only 150,000 units towards the end.

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Atari Falcon030 (1992)

CPU: Motorola 68000 @ 16 MHz or Motorola 56001 @ 32MHz
Video:
“VIDEL” fully programmable video controller
Memory:
1, 4, or 14 MB of RAM with 512 kB ROM
Video Output:
RGB output can feed either 15 kHz RGB monitor or TV, old Atari SM124 monitor or a VGA monitor
Network:
EtherNEC External Network
Media:
Floppy Disk
Audio:
16-bit audio input and output up to 50 kHz – 8 stereo channels
Type: Home Computer

Release Date: 1992
Code Name: Not specified
Generation: Fourth
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: $799
Units Sold: Unknown

Along with the Mega STE, Falcon030 was also the final personal computer in the Atari ST legacy. What distinguishes the latter from its predecessor is the inclusion of a new programmable graphics system called ” VIDEL” which enhances graphics capabilities. Unfortunately, the Falcon was discontinued one year after its release so that Atari could focus on the upcoming Jaguar system.

Atari created a handful of prototypes of Falcon040 before the German music company Emagic (formerly known as C-Lab) purchased the rights to the Falcon hardware design and began producing their own versions.

Atari Mega STE (1991)

CPU: Motorola 68000 @ 8MHz or 16MHz
Video:
MACH32
Memory:
4 MB ST RAM expandable up to 4 MB using 30-pin SIMMs
Video Output:
Monitor (RGB and Mono), RF modulator
Network:
EtherNEC External Network
Media:
Floppy Disk
Audio:
Yamaha YM2149
Type: Home Computer

Release Date: 1991
Code Name: Not specified
Generation: Fourth
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: US$1,799
Units Sold: Unknown

The final personal computer in the Atari ST series by Atari Corporation. Similar to previous personal computers, the Atari Mega STE wasn’t cheaper at all. The system is a late-model Motorola 68000 based on the STE hardware. The aforementioned is a high-resolution mono monitor and an internal SCSI hard disk. While the system wasn’t compatible with its predecessors, it featured a unique touch called software-switch CPU. Basically, this featured allowed the CPU to operate at 16 MHz for faster processing or 8 MHz for better compatibility with old software.

Atari Panther (Cancelled- 1991)

CPU: Motorola 68000
Video:
Unknown
Memory:
32KB memory
Video Output:
VGA Monitor (analog RGB and Mono)
Network:
Unknown
Media:
Cartridge
Audio:
Otis 32 sound channels
Type: Home Console

Intended Release Date: 1991
Code Name: Not specified
Generation: Fourth
Status:
Not released
Release Price: Cancelled
Units Sold: Not released

An unreleased 32-bit video game console was planned to release back in 1991 in order to compete with Sega Genesis and the SNES. There is hardly any information about the hardware specification other than being the successor to the 7800 and XEGS which hints that maybe the Panther is slightly powerful than these two.

Additionally, three games were planned to launch with the system. Including:

  • Cybermorph
  • Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy
  • Raiden

Later on, these games were released on the Atari Jaguar upon the Panther’s cancellation.

Atari TT030 (1990)

CPU: Motorola 68030 & 68882 @ 32Mhz with 16Mhz System Bus.
Video:
TKR CrazyDots II VME card (ET-4000 with 1Mb) using NVDI 4.11
Memory:
4Mb ST-RAM & 64Mb TT-RAM
Media:
Floppy Disk
Video Output:
VGA Monitor (analog RGB and Mono)
Network:
EtherNEC External Network
Audio:
Yamaha YM2149
Hard Drive Capacity: 50MB
Type: Home Computer

Release Date: 1990
Code Name: Not specified
Generation: Fourth
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: US$2,995
Units Sold: 5000

Similar to the 8-bit family, the TT030 is part of the Atari ST’s line of personal computers. Released back in 1990 at a crazy price of almost 3,000 USD, The TT030 was initially intended to be a high-end Unix Workstation. However, things didn’t go the way they were planned.

Two years after, Atari would release a low-cost consumer-oriented machine titled the Atari Falcon (or known as Falcon030) with improved visuals and sound capabilities. The downside of it is that it suffered from a bottle-necked processor. The high price of the system probably made it impossible for some to get their hands on it. Thankfully, you can still experience the TT030 through an emulator which doesn’t require a brainer to understand.

Atari Lynx (1989)

CPU: Dual 16-bit CMOS, Mikey & Suzy (16MHZ)
Video:
Suzy” (16-bit custom CMOS)
Memory:
64KB RAM
Media:
ROM Cartidge
Video Output:
LCD Screen
Network:
None
Audio:
8-bit 4 channel
Type: Handheld

Release Date: September 1, 1989
Code Name: RedEye
Generation: Fourth
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: US$179.99
Units Sold: 3 million

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Lynx was Atari’s answer to Nintendo’s Gameboy, TurboExpress, and Sega’s Game Gear handhelds. And as always, Atari never disappoints, making sure it always surprised the world with something new. Lynx was a technological step forward as it was the first handheld with an LCD color display compared to the original Game Boy.

Thanks to its advanced graphics at the time and the ambidextrous design, Lynx managed to sell very well, boasting over 3 million units sold according to the Wikipedia page.

Atari XEGS (1987)

CPU: MOS Technology 6502C at 1.79Mhz
Video:
GTIA
Memory:
64KB RAM
Media:
ROM Cartidge
Video Output:
RF, Composite
Network:
None
Audio:
4 channels. 3.5 octaves
Type: Home Computer

Release Date: 1987
Code Name: Bombshell
Generation: Third
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: 199 USD
Units Sold: 130.000

1987 is the year where things started to get difficult for the Atari. That year saw brutal competition between different brands such as the NES, Sega Master System Turbografx-16, Neo Geo SNK, and more. The system is a clever re-design of the previous Atari 65 XE home computer and the final model in the 8-bit family series. It worked as both a home computer and a video game console, but Atari marketed it as the latter along with Nintendo’s SNES.

The good thing about the XEGS is its backward compatibility with the 8-bit family line of home computers. This, and a humble number of great games to play on the system. Including Bug Hunt Barnyard Blaster, as well as, cartridge ports of old games, such as Lode Runner, Necromancer, Fight Night, and more. 1992 marks the end of support for the XEGS along with the 8-bit family computers, Atari 2600, and 7800.

Atari 7800 (1986)

CPU: Atari SALLY (“6502C”) at 1.79Mhz
Video:
MARIA custom chip @ 7.16 MHz
Memory:
64K RAM, 128k RAM
Media:
Cartidge
Video Output:
B/W or color TV picture and sound signal through RF modulator (NTSC, PAL, or SECAM
Network:
None
Audio:
TIA as used in the 2600
Type: Home Console

Release Date: May 1986
Code Name: MARIA
Generation: Third
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: US$140
Units Sold: 1 million
Best-selling Game: Crack’ed and a couple of other titles

One year after the release of 65XE and 130XE, the 7800 Pro System, would be released. One of the best features about the system is how it is compatible with Atari 2600 games library and accessories, and the best thing? no add-ons are required. This made the console the first system to feature backward compatibility.

Additionally, the 7800 Pro System tries to emulate the arcade experiencing by including a joystick that is quite similar to what a gamer would use to play shoot’em up video games. Despite the system being backward compatible with the Atari 2600, it only had 57 games. The decision behind this is how Atari focused entirely on quality before quantity.

Atari ST (1985)

CPU: Motorola 680×0 @ 8+MHz
Video:
ET4000 Chip
Memory:
512KB
Media:
Floppy Disk
Video Output:
(60 Hz NTSC, 50 Hz PAL, 71.2 Hz monochrome)
Network:
None
Audio:
Yamaha YM2149F
Type: Home Computer

Release Date: 1985
Code Name: Iceman
Generation: Third
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: US$799.99 (monochrome) US$999.99 (color monitor)
Units Sold: 2.2 million (sold mostly well in Europe)

With each new year, Atari tried to surpass their previous hardware. And that is when the Atari ST was released, a successor to the 8-bit family line of home computers. The initial model, 520ST, is the first persona computer to feature a bitmapped color GUI. Meanwhile, The 1040ST is the first model to include 1 MB of RAM and cost-per-kilobyte of less than US$1.

Despite the Atari ST’s advanced capabilities, it didn’t sell as much as Atari expected it would. The system, on the one hand, was booming in Europe. Particularly, in Germany. Seeing the massive demand over there, Atari had to prioritize Germany over the United States. The Atari ST was most popular for music sequencing among amateurs and popular musicians.

Atari 65XE & 130XE (1985)

Atari 130XE

Atari 65XE

CPU: 8-bit Custom Motorola 6502C at 1.79 MHz
Video:
ANTIC and GTIA
Memory:
64K RAM, 128k RAM
Media:
Cartidge
Video Output:
B/W or color TV picture and sound signal through RF modulator (NTSC, PAL, or SECAM
Network:
None
Audio:
4-channel PSG sound via POKEY sound chip
Type: Home Computer

Release Date: 1985
Code Name: Mickey
Generation: Second
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: US$120 (65XE), US$140
Units Sold: 4 million
Best-selling Game: Star Raiders

1985 saw the release of yet another hardware that is part of the 8-bit family series. Atari 65 XE and 130 XE continued the 8-bit legacy following the release of Atari 400 and 800. 130XE is slightly more powerful than the 65XE, featuring 128 KB of RAM. Not only that but also the aforementioned was meant to appeal to a larger audience than its predecessors.

Atari 5200 (1982)

CPU: 8-bit Custom Motorola 6502C at 1.79 MHz
Video:
ANTIC and GTIA
Memory:
16 KB
Media:
Cartidge
Video Output:
B/W or color TV picture and sound signal through RF modulator (NTSC, PAL, or SECAM
Network:
None
Audio:
4-channel PSG sound via POKEY sound chip
Type: Home Console

Release Date: November, 1981
Code Name: Pam
Generation: Second
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: $269.99
Units Sold: 1 million
Best-selling Game: Space Dungeon

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The Atari 5200 is the successor to the Atari 2600 which was released in 1981. The aforementioned was Atari’s answer to the Intellivision threat back then and other competitors like Colecovision. The system, graphically, is a step above its predecessor the Atari 2600.

While the system sold well, it sadly didn’t reach the overall level of success that the Atari 2600 enjoyed. At first, consumers were upset over the fact that the Atari 5200 couldn’t play Atari 2600 games. However, thankfully, a VCS adapter was launched. What the VCS did was allowed consumers to play their favorite Atari 2600 games on the 5200. But the video game crash back in 1983 prevented the process of smooth sales.

Atari 2700 (Unreleased- 1981)

CPU: MOS Technology 6507 @ 1.19 MHz.
Video:
TIA 160 x ≈192 pixel, 128 colors
Memory:
128 bytes (plus up to 256 bytes built into the game cartridges)
Media:
Cartidge
Video Output:
B/W or color TV picture and sound signal
Network:
None
Audio:
2 channel mono sound
Type: Home Console

Intended Release Date: 1981
Code Name: Stella
Generation: Second
Status:
Unreleased
Release Price: None
Units Sold: None

The Atari 2700, or known as the Atari Remote Control VCS, is a prototype home console that was sadly not launched. The latter was intended to be one of the follow-ups to the commercially successful Atari 2600. The system would have included several new interesting features such as wireless controllers featuring an amalgamation of a joystick and paddle that would work via radio signals, touch-sensitive switches, and a wedge-shaped case.

Surprisingly, Atari 2700 was fully compatible with the previous Atari 2600, and it was intended to use the system’s accessories and titles as well. Despite how these features looked promising back then, the system never went into full production. Dan Kramer, an employee, has stated that at least 12 consoles were made ( including one that is owned by The National Videogame Museum with extra controllers).

Atari 400 (1979)

CPU: MOS Technology 6502B 1.79Mhz
Video:
384 pixels per TV line, 256 colors, 8 × sprites, raster interrupts
Memory:
up to 16kb
Media:
Cartidge
Video Output:
Monitor RGB output, RF TV video output, 1 cartridge slot, Atari Serial Input/Ouput (SIO) port, 4 controller jacks
Network:
None
Audio:
4 × oscillators with noise mixing
or 2 × AM digital
Type: Home Computer

Release Date: November, 1979
Code Name: Candy
Generation: Second
Status:
Discontinued ( January 1, 1992)
Release Price: US$550
Units Sold: 4 million
Best-selling Game: Star Raiders

The Atari 400 is a home computer that is part of the 8-bit family series. The look of this thing may deceive you, but at the time, it managed to sell 4 million units between 1979 and 1992 alongside the more powerful Atari 800. These systems not only were a technical marvel when they came out, but they also helped make home computers go mainstream. The Atari 400 cost 550 US Dollars back then. As of right now, the cost of a brand new is 1960$ among retro collectors.

Atari 800 (1979)

CPU: MOS Technology 6502B 1.79Mhz
Video:
384 pixels per TV line, 256 colors, 8 × sprites, raster interrupts
Memory:
up to 48kb DRAM
Media:
Cartidge
Video Output:
Monitor RGB output, RF TV video output, 1 cartridge slot, Atari Serial Input/Ouput (SIO) port, 4 controller jacks
Network:
None
Audio:
4 × oscillators with noise mixing
or 2 × AM digital
Type: Home Computer

Release Date: November, 1979
Code Name: Colleen
Generation: Second
Status:
Discontinued ( January 1, 1992)
Release Price: US$1,000
Units Sold: 4 million
Best-selling Game: Star Raiders

A slightly powerful home computer in comparison with Atari 400 and is also part of the 8-bit family series of consoles. Both the Atari 400 and 800 were released in November 1979 and came packed with plug-and-play peripherals using the Atari SIO serial bus. Unlike, the Atari 400 that could fit up to 16kb of DRAM, Atari 800 allowed easy RAM upgrades up to 48KB. Thanks to its advanced capabilities it made gaming a whole lot popular.

Atari Cosmos (Unreleased- 1978-1981)

CPU: COPS444L
Video:
Holographic backgrounds and programmable LEDs
Memory:
Unknown
Media:
Cartidge
Video Output:
Simple LED Display
Network:
None
Audio:
Not Specified
Type: Handheld (Tabletop Electronic Game System)

Intended Release Date: 1978-1981
Code Name: Unknown
Generation: First
Status:
Cancelled
Release Price: None
Units Sold: None

Yet another unreleased hardware by Atari that was intended to be released somewhat between 1978 to 1981. Sadly, that didn’t happen. Similar to the Atari Game Brain, it would have come included with 9 games. Including Asteroids, Road Runner, Superman, Dodge ’em, Sea Battle, and more.

Work on the Atari Cosmos was initiated back in 1978 by Atari Inc. engineers Roger Hector, Allan Alcorn, and Harry Jenkins. As a tabletop handheld electronic system, it would have benefited from the holography technique to improve the display. Atari purchased all the rights to holographic tools to make the system possible. And despite being marketed as a handheld system at the time, Cosmos was intended to be powered using an AC Adapter instead of batteries.

The system was victim to countless brutal criticism from reviewers who questioned its technical capabilities. Regardless, Atari Inc succeeded at obtaining over 8,000 pre-orders at the New York Toy Fair. All seemed great and ready to go until the company pulled the plug by the end of 1981 by canceling the system. Speculators hinted that maybe Atari felt that releasing the Cosmos to the public was a risky move after the brutal criticism it has endured. The console may not have been officially released, but it has become a collector item that costs a fortune to get your hands on.

Atari Game Brain (Unreleased 1978)

CPU: Unknown
Video:
Unknown
Memory:
Unknown
Hard Drive:
Not specified
Media:
Cartidge
Network: None
Audio:
Not specified
Type: Home Console

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Intended Release Date: June, 1978
Code Name: Unknown
Generation: First
Status:
Cancelled
Release Price: None
Units Sold: None

An unreleased home video game console that was intended to release back in June 1978 by Atari. Unfortunately, the system is capable of running only 10 games converted from previous Atari dedicated consoles. Games such as Pong, Stunt Cycle, Super Pong, Ultra Pong, and more.

The system was canceled around 1978 since it wasn’t meant to be a big seller for Atari. Similar to the Atari 2600, Game Brain would have featured a ROM Cartridge. However, the system didn’t include a set of controllers with it. Instead, it featured built-in controls as shown in the picture. The system includes a paddle, fire button, and 4 directional buttons, as well as, a power switch.

Atari 2600 (1977)

VCS

CPU: 1.19 MHz MOS Technology 6507
Video:
Television Interface Adaptor (TIA)
Memory:
128 bytes of RAM
Media:
ROM Cartidges
Video Output:
B/W or color TV picture and sound signal through RF modulator (NTSC, PAL, or SECAM
Network:
None
Audio:
Television Interface Adaptor
Type: Home Console

Release Date: September 11, 1977
Code Name: Stella
Generation: Second
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: US$199
Units Sold: 30 million (as of 2004)
Best-selling Game: Pac-Man (7,95 million in sales)

The Atari 2600, or known as Atari Video Computer System (VCS), is a step forward into the video game console industry. The console popularized the usage of ROM cartridges that would later be adopted by companies such as Nintendo.

The Atari 2600 is an important console that is often praised for spreading the use of microprocessor-based design. In addition, while the VCS had an innovative design, it sadly lacked a frame buffer. The lack of such technical capability has proved to be a challenge for developers at the time, pushing designers to squeeze as much as possible from the system and experiment with different kinds of complex designs.

Additionally, the most popular Atari VCS titles were ports of arcade hits, including Taito’s Space Invaders, Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong. The process of porting Arcade hits to the VCS aided developers to find out what to carry with them to the next generations and what to leave behind.

Atari Pong (1972)

Atari Home Pong

CPU: Unknown
Video:
Unknown
Memory:
Unknown
Media:
Not specified
Video Output:
TV
Network:
None
Audio:
None
Type: Home Console

Release Date: November 29, 1972
Code Name: Darlene
Generation: First
Status:
Discontinued
Release Price: US$299
Units Sold: 150.000

Most of us have grown up playing Pong in the arcades, but only a few people owned the Atari Pong. The Atari’s journey began with the pong, a table tennis simulator that blew us away when it was first released. To this day, it stands as the first commercially successful video game. Its success influenced other companies to copy the formula. Hence, an array of clones have emerged, like Coleco and the Commodore.

Actually, what made Pong a great deal is the fact that it allowed players to hook up their console into their TV and game. It may not look that impressive compared to today’s standards, but back then, that was regarded as a technical revolution.

Initially, pong was released back in 1972 for the arcade cabinet. It was until 1975 that Atari would manufacture a home Pong console.

This marks the end of this article. Thank you for reading.

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FAQs

What was the last console released by Atari? ›

Atari Corporation left the hardware business around 1996, after it released the Atari Jaguar CD video game console, and was liquidated in 1998, with Hasbro Interactive purchasing the intellectual property of the brand.

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So how many Atari consoles are there? Including the Atari Pong, there are ten original gaming consoles that were made by Atari. These ten consoles do not include any of the flashback consoles that they are currently making more of regularly.

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Atari console, video game console released in 1977 by the North American game manufacturer Atari, Inc. Using a cartridge-based system that allowed users to play a variety of video games, the Atari console marked the beginning of a new era in home gaming systems.

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The original Atari has sold recently for $30 for ones that are in rough condition, and nearly $190 for ones that are like new in the box. The average sale price is around $100 for an original Atari with the box.

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Atari first entered the home market with its 1975 electronic table-tennis game Pong. But its true game changer came out two years later: Atari 2600 Video Computer System.

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Prices for all 93 7800 Games, accessories and consoles.
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TitleAtari 7800 Console
Loose Price$125.00
CIB Price$209.00
New Price$899.00
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Odyssey series

In 1972 Magnavox released the world's first home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey. It came packaged with board game paraphernalia such as cards, paper money and dice to enhance the games.

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$75. That works out to about $412 in today's dollars. One of the next major releases was the Atari 2600 in 1977. That system would have cost you about $199 in 1977, which works out to $753.79 in today's dollars.

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Atari 2600 System [Vadar]$56.87$153.47
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How many consoles are there? ›

As of 2021, there have been nine console generations, with the current leading manufactures being Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo; past console manufacturers have included Atari, Fairchild, Intellivision Entertainment, Coleco, Sega, NEC, 3DO, and SNK.

What killed Atari? ›

Here's What Killed Atari And How Today's Platforms Can Avoid The Same Fate. In the 1980s, Atari ruled the video game universe. Game developers flocked to the pioneering platform, churning out new titles. But most games developed for Atari were not Pac-Man-level quality, and that ultimately led to the platform's demise.

Do Atari still make games? ›

Atari's iconic games, including Pong®, Asteroids®, Centipede® Missile Command®, have been played by many millions, and the brand continues to bring joy to gamers with its expanding portfolio of PC, console and mobile games. Atari's core businesses include video games, consumer hardware, licensing and blockchain.

What caused Atari to fail? ›

In 1986, Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi noted that "Atari collapsed because they gave too much freedom to third-party developers and the market was swamped with rubbish games".

What Atari game is worth the most money? ›

The 10 Most Expensive Atari Games of All Time
  • Eli's Ladder – Price: $1600 (New)
  • Star Wars Ewok Adventure Prototype – Price: $1680.
  • Malagai – Price: $2150.
  • Condor Attack – Price: $2950 (New)
  • Pepsi Invaders – Price: $3500 (New)
  • The Music Machine – Price: $5,250.
  • Red Sea Crossing – Price: $10,400.

How much is an Atari 5200 worth today? ›

Atari 5200 Price Guide (NTSC)
TitleLooseNew
Atari 5200 Console80.550.00
Ballblazer13.8034.84
Beamrider38.09149.00
Berzerk11.3341.32
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What was the first game console released in 1972 called? ›

The Odyssey was manufactured by Magnavox and released in North America in September of 1972. It stands as the very first home video game console. The system was developed by Ralph Baer, a German-American engineer who created the ping-pong style gameplay that the Odyssey offered.

What was the first game on Atari? ›

Atari, Inc.

What was the 1st Atari? ›

Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari in June 1972. Five months later, Atari's first product, Pong, changed gaming forever. The company quickly rolled out other arcade games.

How many 7800 games are there? ›

Listed here are all 59 officially released Atari 7800 games. North America and other NTSC territories.

Can you use Atari 2600 on modern TV? ›

Will Atari 2600 work with a modern TV? Using an adapter, yes, it's possible to connect Atari to modern TV sets. Atari 2600s have an integrated RCA cable that fits in the composite or component inputs on modern TVs, but the signal isn't compatible.

How many Atari 7800 sold? ›

3.77 million

Which is older Sega or Nintendo? ›

Although Nintendo was founded before Sega, both of them have had their times of owning the gaming market. They both released popular gaming systems the same year, and both systems were extremely popular. Today they are both very popular names in the gaming community with the release of their retro mini consoles.

How much does a PS1 go for? ›

A used PS1 is worth between $36.00 – $720.00 depending on condition and if the console ships as part of a bundle.

How much was a video game in 1990? ›

An NES game in 1990 cost, on average, about $50. That's $89 in 2013 money. Your $70 N64 cartridges in 1998 would require the equivalent of $100 today. Heck, the $50 PlayStation 2 game you bought in 2005 is worth $60, the exact price of a typical retail game in 2013.

How much is Space Invaders Atari game worth? ›

Space Invaders Atari 2600
Sale Date ▲ ▼Title ▲ ▼▲ ▼ Price
2022-07-30Space Invaders Atari 2600 CIB 1980$17.99
2022-07-24Space Invaders (Atari 2600 1980) CIB incl Atari catalog (1981)$10.99
2022-07-21Space Invaders (Atari 2600, 1980) CIB Complete In Box Working Condition$19.88
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How much is Nintendo worth in dollars? ›

As of September 2022 Nintendo has a market cap of $49.76 Billion. This makes Nintendo the world's 296th most valuable company by market cap according to our data.

How many Atari 2600 games are there? ›

The list contains 524 games, divided into three sections: Games published by Atari and Sears.

How do I connect my Atari 2600 to HDMI? ›

Connect a Retro Console to HDMI: Atari 2600, TRS80, TI-99 ... - YouTube

When did the Atari 2600 come out? ›

After its introduction in 1977, the Atari 2600 sold well enough for the first couple of years. But sales really soared in 1980, when the company began marketing a licensed version of the game Space Invaders.

What is the best console ever? ›

The Best-Selling Game Consoles
RankConsoleManufacturer
1PlayStation 2 (PS2)Sony
2Nintendo DS (DS)Nintendo
3Game Boy (GB)Nintendo
4PlayStation 4 (PS4)Sony
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Is there a PS6 out? ›

Since the PS5 became available in November 2020, it likely won't be until the same month, in 2026 or 2027, we see a PlayStation 6. Just in time for holiday shopping! (Assuming Sony can keep up with the demand.) In the meantime, if Sony follows the PS4's release schedule, we'll see a PS5 Pro or Slim before the PS6.

What does Atari mean in Japanese? ›

You probably recognize the Japanese word atari, particularly if you grew up playing on the popular gaming system of the same name. But the word actually means "neighborhood", or "in the same vicinity as", or "the surroundings".

What videogames are buried? ›

The Atari video game burial was a mass burial of unsold video game cartridges, consoles, and computers in a New Mexico landfill site, undertaken by the American video game and home computer company Atari, Inc. in 1983. Before 2014, the goods buried were rumored to be unsold copies of E.T.

What was the first video game? ›

In October 1958, Physicist William Higinbotham created what is thought to be the first video game. It was a very simple tennis game, similar to the classic 1970s video game Pong, and it was quite a hit at a Brookhaven National Laboratory open house.

Will Atari make a comeback? ›

Posted July 6, 2021, 12:20 p.m. Atari has a long history in the games industry, being one of the pioneers of the idea of the modern home gaming console. Today, the company announced that it is finally making a comeback to the PC and console gaming space, moving away from its free-to-play and mobile strategies.

Did Atari make a new console? ›

UPDATE: The Atari VCS console will release on June 15, 2021 in the United States, the company has confirmed.

When did Atari shut down? ›

June 26, 1992

Will video games crash again? ›

There will never be a video game crash like 1983 again. It's impossible. Video games are too popular in society to “crash” like they did the first time.

What caused the video game crash of 1977? ›

Video game crash of 1977

The first major crash in 1977 occurred when companies were forced to sell their older obsolete systems flooding the market. In 1977, manufacturers of older, obsolete consoles and Pong clones sold their systems at a loss to clear stock, creating a glut in the market.

What caused the great video game crash of 1983? ›

1980-1982: ...

The first factor behind the 1983 Video Game Console Crash was the sheer glut of consoles on the market. In a sort of digital tragedy of the commons, the Atari, Intellivision, Astrocade and other consoles were all competing for the public eye, dividing customer interest.

Who is the owner of Atari 2021? ›

Currently, the person in charge of Atari is CEO Wade Rosen, who was named to that position in April and a few months later announced a strategic pivot for the company away from mobile and free-to-play games and toward premium PC and console titles.

How did Atari fail? ›

In 1986, Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi noted that "Atari collapsed because they gave too much freedom to third-party developers and the market was swamped with rubbish games".

Does Atari still make video games? ›

Atari's iconic games, including Pong®, Asteroids®, Centipede® Missile Command®, have been played by many millions, and the brand continues to bring joy to gamers with its expanding portfolio of PC, console and mobile games. Atari's core businesses include video games, consumer hardware, licensing and blockchain.

What is the oldest video game console? ›

Odyssey series

In 1972 Magnavox released the world's first home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey. It came packaged with board game paraphernalia such as cards, paper money and dice to enhance the games.

What does Atari mean in Japanese? ›

You probably recognize the Japanese word atari, particularly if you grew up playing on the popular gaming system of the same name. But the word actually means "neighborhood", or "in the same vicinity as", or "the surroundings".

What was the 1st Atari game? ›

Pong (1977):

The first game ever developed by Atari Inc., Pong was one of the most influential video games ever created and the first to gain widespread mainstream popularity. A 2-D take on table tennis, Pong has two players controlling paddles and trying to knock the ball into the opponent's screen.

How much is an Atari 2600 worth today? ›

Average loose price for all licensed, non-variant games for Atari 2600 |
...
PriceCharting Index: Atari 2600.
TitleAtari 2600 System
Loose Price$37.00
CIB Price$97.78
New Price$449.54
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Will video games crash again? ›

There will never be a video game crash like 1983 again. It's impossible. Video games are too popular in society to “crash” like they did the first time.

What caused the video game crash of 1977? ›

Video game crash of 1977

The first major crash in 1977 occurred when companies were forced to sell their older obsolete systems flooding the market. In 1977, manufacturers of older, obsolete consoles and Pong clones sold their systems at a loss to clear stock, creating a glut in the market.

Will Atari make a comeback? ›

Posted July 6, 2021, 12:20 p.m. Atari has a long history in the games industry, being one of the pioneers of the idea of the modern home gaming console. Today, the company announced that it is finally making a comeback to the PC and console gaming space, moving away from its free-to-play and mobile strategies.

Why did Atari stop? ›

Atari History

Eventually, Atari abandoned the hardware market due to a combination of factors such as the video game crash of the 1980s and the increase in competition from the likes of Nintendo and Sega.

Did Atari make a new console? ›

UPDATE: The Atari VCS console will release on June 15, 2021 in the United States, the company has confirmed.

How much did an Atari cost in 1977? ›

The Atari VCS was launched in September 1977 at $199 (equivalent to about $890 in 2021), with two joysticks and a Combat cartridge; eight additional games were sold separately.

How much is an Atari 5200 worth today? ›

Atari 5200 Price Guide (NTSC)
TitleLooseNew
Atari 5200 Console80.550.00
Ballblazer13.8034.84
Beamrider38.09149.00
Berzerk11.3341.32
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