Released: November 1982 Discontinued: 04/21/1984
Also known as The Atari 5200 SuperSystem, The Atari 5200 came out in November of 1982 to compete with the Intellivision and ColecoVision. Besides a graphical update to games and several re-releases, the most notable update to the system is the controller, which came with a numeric keypad, an eight way joystick and the “Pause” Feature. Games would be shipped with overlays for the Numeric keypad. The system would also have the first automatic switch box which would allow it to switch from TV to the game. Unfortunately the system failed largely due to the fact that most of the games released were the same on the Atari 2600 and the failing controller which was unresponsive most of the time. The number of units sold from beginning to end is 1 Million Units! It was succeeded by the Atari 7800.
ROM: built in 2K BIOS ROM, 32K Cartridge ROM space without bankswitching
Sound: POKEY custom sound chip.
Graphics: ANTIC and GTIA custom graphics chips
Graphics Memory: Uses main memory
Sprites: 4, 8 bit wide; 4, 2 bit wide, All sprites full screen height
Background graphics: 6 text modes, 12 graphics modes
Max Resolution: 320×200 pixels
Other: Hardware veritcal and horizontal scrolling