Technical Information

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Many FAQs and other Internet resources refer to the following computers as "The Atari 8-bits" (listed in numerical order, not order of release):

  • Atari 130XE
  • Atari 65XE
  • Atari 400
  • Atari 600XL
  • Atari 800
  • Atari 800XE
  • Atari 1200XL
  • Atari XE Game System

Most, if not all, of the software and hardware peripherals work from one system to the next, as they are all compatible. The distinctive difference in these systems seems to be the memory capacity of each. The games available for each were labeled with memory requirements.

The specifications of each Atari 8-bit system are slightly different.

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