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Atari is back

by on15 January 2024

Retro Games reveals tiny version of first gaming computer

Retro Games is bringing back the Atari 400, the first home computer that rocked as a game system, in a mini version that can play the entire 8-bit Atari range.

They made a video titled "The iconic computer now reimagined," saying that in 1979 Atari brought the computer age home. The video shows the new device, which is half the size of the original Atari 400.

For those who came in fairly recently the Atari 400 and 800 were launched in 1979 as Atari's first stab at a home computer that doubled as a brilliant game system.

It had a faster version of the great 8-bit MOS 6502 CPU found in the Commodore PET, and Atari's ANTIC, GTIA, and POKEY chips for graphics and sound, making the Atari 400 and 800 the first real gaming PCs.

If the 400Mini is as good as the other Retro Games systems, it will be another win for Atari Interactive's comeback after its amazing Atari50 collection, new Atari 2600+ console, and buying of important things like Digital Eclipse, MobyGames, and AtariAge.

The 2024 version - coming out in the UK 28 March - will have high-definition HDMI output at 720p 50 or 60Hz, and five USB ports.

You also get THECXSTICK - a copy of the classic Atari CX-40 joystick, with seven more function buttons. Play one of the 25 classic Atari games, picked from an easy carousel, including all-time favourites like Berzerk, Missile Command, Lee, Millipede, Miner 2049er, M.U.L.E., and Star Raiders II, or play the games you have on a USB stick.

Unlike the Atari, which you used to play until it crashed, the new version allows you to save and go back to your game at any time or rewind by up to 30 seconds to help you beat those hard classics. Although, not ever winning those games did prepare me for life.


Last modified on 15 January 2024
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