Atari XEGS

The Atari XE Video Game System (Atari XEGS) sometimes pronounced zegs, is a video game console released by Atari Corporation in 1987. Based on the Atari 65XE computer, the XEGS is compatible with the existing Atari 8-bit computer software library. Additionally, it is able to operate as a stand alone console or full computer with the addition of its specially designed keyboard. In computer mode, it's able to use the full line of peripherals released for the 8-bit computer line. Shipping in a console with joystick only and a deluxe model with a separate keyboard, joystick and light gun, the console sold it's initial 100,000 units over the Christmas period in 1987, and remained in production until 1992, after which it was succeeded by the Atari Jaguar.

Introductory Price: US$199
Media: ROM cartridge
CPU: MOS Technology 6502C
Memory: 64KB RAM
Display: 320 x 192, 16 on-screen colours out of possible 256
Backward Compatibility: Atari 8-bit computers
Predecessor: Atari 7800
Successor: Atari Jaguar

The XEGS shipped with the Atari 8-bit version of Missile Command built in, Flight Simulator II, and Bug Hunt which was compatible with the light gun.

The machine could use the standard 9 pin joysticks,

Our machine is in excellent condition and is complete with the Light Gun, keyboard and the full system, all manuals and the Flight Sim and Bug Hunt carts.

System serial number: A1 C302237 and the keyboard has a serial number of A1 7C1076125

Manufacturer: Atari
Date: 1987

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Atari 1040STFM Atari 1989
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Atari 1040STF Atari 1989
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Atari Falcon Atari 1990
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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH20731. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

Atari XEGS

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