Codex Gamicus
Atari 8 Bit
Atari 400.png
Manufacturer Atari
Type Personal computer
Release Date 1979-1992 (NA)
Media Cartridge
Save Format None
Input Options None
Special Features
Units Sold
Top Selling Game
Variants Atari 400
Atari 800
Atari XEGS
Competitor(s) None
Predecessor None
Successor None

Atari 8-Bit refers to the line of 8-bit computers that Atari had developed and manufactured through the 1980s. The first of these computers were the Atari 400 and Atari 800, both released in 1979. They would be replaced by the Atari 600XL and the Atari 800XL in 1983, which now had Atari BASIC built in instead of being available only as a separate cartridge; however, games and program that were designed for the Atari 400 and Atari 800 now required a Translator boot disk to run them. In 1985, Atari released the Atari 65XE and the Atari 130XE as replacement models, followed by the XE Game System in 1987 to compete primarily with the Nintendo and Sega 8-bit game systems. In 1992, the company dropped all support for the 8-bit computers.

See also[]

  • List of Atari 8 Bit computer games
  • List of Atari 8 Bit computer peripherals