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|Manufacturer||Atari, Inc., Atari Corporation|
|Type||Video game console|
May 21, 1984 (announcement)|
US June 1984 (original release)
US January 1986 (re-release)
|Discontinued||January 1, 1992|
|Units sold||3.77 million (North America)|
|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|
|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.
- "Atari Video Game Unit Introduced". http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=technology&res=9F06E5D7163BF931A15756C0A962948260.
- Matthew, Matt (May 26, 2009). Atari 7800 Sales Figures (1986 - 1990), Gamasutra.