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Atari 8-Bit Family (1979-1984)

Atari 8-Bit Family (1979-1984)

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Atari 400 

The Atari 400 (and 800) were the first personal computers released by Atari, a company known well for their Atari Video Computer System and their Pong dedicated consoles of the early 1970's. The 400 & 800 were the first installments of the Atari 8-bit family of computers, with new models being released in the line until 1992! The two computers were shown at the Winter Consumer Electronics Show in January 1979, and units started shipping in November 1979. Jay Miner, who designed the Amiga 1000 in the future, designed the Atari 400 & 800! The Atari 400 was sold as a lower-cost alternative to the Atari 800 and featured one cartridge port instead of the two that shipped with the 800. The Atari 8-bit computers doubled as video game consoles, and you were able to play games through cartridges that were inserted into the cartridge ports. The Atari 400 & Atari 800 were discontinued in 1983 and 1984 when Atari released newer additions to the 8-bit family.

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