Atari 7800 video game console was released in 1986. It is almost entirely compatible with previous versions with The Atari 2600. The leading optimization is the graphical part and comes with different controllers from the Atari 2600. It is called "re-version" or "reboot" because the Atari 7800 was initially advertised on May 21, 1984, to replace the Atari 5200 of Atari Inc. However, the available version was suspended for security reasons. The Atari 7800 games in Australia are a bit old, but there are only a few players who want to play such games;

Price and Availability

Atari was continually competing with Colace Vision, which displays graphics that more accurately reflect arcade games. Simultaneously, the Atari 5200 (a future successor to The Atari 2600) has been widely criticized for not playing Atari 2600 games without an adapter. The cost of the Atari 7800 games in Australia ranges from 20 to 100 A$100, but only a few people will spend much money buying these games.

The new version of Atari

After the bitter failure of the Atari 5200 in 1984, it followed a new controller, which was again about to take advantage of technological advances to resist competition. It is named 7800 and corresponds to an old project that has been left aside and has become a new generation of Atari controllers. Its code name was Atari 3200 System X, and the company has planned to make it the first controller compatible with VCS accessories and games.

Another setback for Atari?

Former Commodore President Jack Trommel acquired Atari in 1984, and after the main console crash, he decided to leave it to focus on what appears to be the future: on a PC. But after seeing Nintendo small by restarting the family gaming console with Famicom, Atari decided to renew the 7800 Pro System two years later.

However, the caliphate has already left its mark, and this is a failure of American society. The audience seems outdated and arrived in Europe only in 1991 when Nintendo's controller here became NES, and Sega's Mega Drive already dominates the market. Besides, Atari has not distributed all accessories initially designed for the device (ProLine keyboard, expansion port, point cartridge),which could be an added advantage for sale.

Despite everything, the 7800 is sold with honor, and in particular, offers a novelty different from previous models: the controls are no longer control arms, but oars with a steering cross, which is more convenient.

Atari 7800 console history

The Story of the Atari 7800 is impressive. The 7800 was initially designed to replace the Atari 5200 in 1984 but was temporarily delayed due to the sale of the company. New President Jack Trammel doesn't believe in video game boxes and thinks the future is behind computers.

The set-top box was eventually launched in the United States in January 1986, then in Europe. This year, the 7800 competed with the NES of Nintendo (which dominates the video game market) and Sega's Master System.

Despite compatibility with previous controllers without an adapter, the 7800 games are a challenge for programming, and the console is not successful in the audience. Six years later, in 1992, Atari announced that it would end production of 7800 simultaneously as the sale of the Atari 2600 and the 8-bit pc set was terminated.

U.S. Release Date of Atari 7800

The American version, released in 1986, features an extension of Port Atari-7800-1984 designed to connect the LaserDisc engine to the console, a small feature concerning the console, which is different from the European ones.

Atari 7800 European version release date

The European version, released in 1986, was removed from the expansion port. The French version contains an RGB-output video, and the console resembles the Nintendo NES or Sega Master System.