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   – Atari800 is a well developed Atari 5200 Emulator, starting development back in 1995, Atari800 has solidified itself as an extremely capable emulator of the Atari 5200.

Jum52  – Jum52 is a highly portable Atari 5200 emulator that sadly suffers from issues with its collision detection. Despite those issues its emulation is fairly solid.

Rainbow  – Rainbow is a highly capable emulator, while not being cycle accurate it still achieves fantastic compatibility. It was one of the first Atari 5200 Emulators to be ported across to Mac OS X.

Altirra  – Altirra is a cycle accurate Atari 5200 emulator that also emulates other Atari 8-bit systems from the era. It has best in class emulation, and is regarded as one of the best available emulators for the systems.

Atari++ – Atari++ is yet another cycle accurate Atari 5200 emulator that has the goal of being as accurate as possible to the original system, Including successfully emulating bugs that would of occurred on the hardware.

Kat5200 – Kat5200 is an advanced and open source emulator for the Atari 5200 and Atari 8-bit computer systems.


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