The Atari 800XL is making a modern return

The upcoming RM 800XL from Polish based Revive Machines brings the original design with all its great features into the 21st century. The RM 800XL, will be build from scratch but with modern internal components and maintaining its classic design. In addition, they retain all the original ports but adding HDMI, USB-A and USB-C output. The goal of the company is to be able to connect original Atari 800XL cartridges but you can probably download ROMs from the internet and have them run without problem on the computer through an 8-bit emulator.┬áThe Atari XL series was introduced as a follow-up to the Atari 400 and 800 computers. These computers were originally released in 1979, and they marked Atari’s entry into the home computer market. The Atari 400 was designed as a lower-cost alternative, while the Atari 800 was positioned as a more powerful option. These computers were among the first to feature custom graphics and sound hardware, making them attractive not only for computing tasks but also for gaming. The Atari XL computers were powered by the MOS 6502 microprocessor, a popular choice in many early personal computers and gaming consoles due to its efficiency and affordability. Additionally, the XL series introduced new features like expanded memory and improved compatibility with peripherals. One of the most significant contributions of the Atari XL series was its impact on the gaming industry. Games like “Pac-Man,” “Donkey Kong,” and “Star Raiders” showcased the capabilities of the Atari XL computers. These games not only provided hours of entertainment but also pushed the boundaries of what was possible in terms of graphics and gameplay. “Star Raiders,” for instance, is often considered a pioneering space combat simulator that set the standard for future games in the genre. The RM 800XL is planned for release in 2024.

news source and image: Revive Machines

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