Atari 5200

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The Atari 5200 SuperSystem, commonly known as the Atari 5200, is a video game console that was introduced in November 1982 by Atari Inc. as a higher end complementary console for the popular Atari 2600. The 5200 was created to compete with the Intellivision, but wound up more directly competing with the ColecoVision shortly after its release.

Containing technology from the Atari 400/800 computer,  the Atari 5200 was certainly a step up in capability from the 2600. It is also massive in size, so large in fact that it can hold both its controllers in a rear compartment. 

These controllers are a severe Achilles heel, as Atari decided to build a turning paddle controller into the design, making it very awkward to use. It also fails to self-centre properly, so movements often drift during play. The spongy fire buttons do not help.

The Atari 5200 suffered because of it, despite the system having a very nice sized library of games released. Its incompatibility with the 2600 proved to be a serious mistake, and before an adaptor and redesign could help boost sales, the American video game crash destroyed the market, and took Atari out of the console game until the Atari 7800 was released two years later.

Generation: Second generation
Media ROM cartridge
CPU MOS 6502C @ 1.79 MHz
Controller input Joystick

Our model has a serial number of 0164472 SV-452

Manufacturer: Atari
Date: 1982

Atari 5200 Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Control Data 6000 Series Computer Systems Control Data Corporation 1966
Bulletin Applications Development Control Data Corporation Sep 1966

Magazines RELATED to Atari 5200 in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Antic - The Atari Resource May 1983 May 1983
Personal Computer World - December 1990 1 Dec 1990

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH28823. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

Atari 5200

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