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Atari 7800 (a7800)

Atari 7800 — game console, released by Atari in June 1986 (a test release took place two years earlier). Model 7800 was designed to replace the unsuccessful Atari 5200, and Atari aim to regain supremacy in the games console market, which she shared with Nintendo and Sega. In this system, Atari eliminated all the shortcomings of the Atari 5200: instead of analog sticks it had simple digital joysticks and was almost fully compatible with the Atari 2600 and it was even cheaper — the initial price was $ 140.

7800 was the first Atari game system developed by an external company (General Computer Corporation; then out of the company was developed by Atari Lynx and Atari Jaguar). The system was designed so that it can be complement to a full-fledged home computer — was developed the keyboard, which also had an expansion port (which was the SIO port from 8-bit family Atari) for connecting peripherals such as a floppy disk drive or printer.