Atari 5200

Atari 5200 Emulators

About the Atari 5200

The Atari 5200

The Atari 5200 or also known as the Atari 5200 SuperSystem is a console developed and introduced to market back in 1982. The console was based on Atari’s already existing 400/800 computer systems with the software being customized for the console.

The console did not do very well in the market when compared to its predecessor, the Atari 2600. There were many factors that contributed to this outcome such as initially not being able to play any of the games from the 2600. The Atari 5200 was discontinued only 2 years after being on market with a total of only 1 million units sold.

It wasn’t all bad news they did bring a revolutionary new controller with an analogue joy stick to market. As well as the first automatic TV switchbox that allows it to automatically switch from regular TV viewing to a game system signal. They also had 4 ports for controllers where almost every other device on the market at the time only had 2.

Atari 5200 Emulators

Atari800 is one of the best Atari 5200 emulators available. Developed originally back in 1995, Atari800 offers support for all features of the Atari800.

Jum52 is a reliable emulator for the Atari 5200 that is available on Windows and Linux. This emulator can run into issues with its collision detection, so its best to try other emulators first.

Rainbow was one of the first Atari 5200 emulators to be ported to macOS. It achieves compatiblity with the vast majority of Atari 5200 games.

Altirra is a cycle accurate Atari 5200 emulator for Windows. Being cycle accurate means Altirra emulates the Atari5200 more accurately then traditional emulators.

Atari++ is another cycle accurate Atari 5200 emulator. It was developed with the goal of emulating the Atari 5200 right down to its hardware bugs.

Kat5200 is an advanced open-source Atari 5200 emulator. Unlike most Atari 5200 emulators, Kat5200 requires the Atari 5200’s BIOS to be able to function.

Atari 5200 Specifications

CPU Specifications

  • Processor: Custom MOS Technology 6502C
  • Processor Speed: 1.79 MHz
  • System RAM: 16 KB

Audio Specifications

  • Processor: Pot Keyboard Integrated Circuit (POKEY)
  • Channels: 4

Video Specifications

  • Processor: Alphanumeric Television Interface Controller(ANTIC) and Graphic Television Interface Adapter (GTIA)
  • Maximum Resolution: 384 x 240 (Overscan)
  • Colors Available: 256 palette
  • Colors on screen: 256
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