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Atari 800

The Atari 400 and 800 were announced in December 1978, though they didn’t actually start shipping until late in 1979. The primary difference between the two models was marketing; Atari marketed the 800 as a computer, and the 400 as a game machine or hybrid game console. The 800 included user-accessible expansion slots for RAM and ROM, two 8 KB ROM cartridge slots, RF and monitor output (including two pins for separate luma and chroma) and a full keyboard.

ManufacturerAtari Inc.CPUMOS 6502B
@ 1.79 MHz
Year Introduced1979RAM8KB (Expandable to 48KB)
Introductory Price$999.95StorageCassette
Floppy Disk (external)

Additional Resources

WikipediaAtari 8-bit family
oldcomputers.netAtari 800


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