256 Colors Operating System: XE Controler Ports: Two (2)
In 1987 with sales dropping off for the 8-bit series Atari came out with the XEGS ( XE Gaming System ). Atari's idea was to market this system as a video game system to go up againist Nintendo and Sega Master System.
The controller ports would be on an angle again like on the 1200XL and the cartridge port was moved back to the top again.
This system was to compete againist the NES and Sega Master system. Due to the growing popularity of the NES and newer fresher graphic games coming out, Atari would ulitimately would drop support on the 8-bit line in 1992.
As the 65XE and 130XE came out in America, Atari released the same system over seas in Middle Europe under the name 800XE. This would be the final system in the XE series.
The 130XE came with 64k RAM stock along with the ability to bank another 64k of RAM bringing the total RAM to 128k. An advancement over previous XL and XE models to this point. Styling for the 65XE and 130XE would look about the same. coming with two controller ports on the side and the cartridge slot moved from the top to the rear of the system.
In 1985 the XL line was retired and brought about the final line of 8-bit computers called the XE line.
Starting with the 65XE still ran the older 800XL style OS but came with the newer Basic Version C. This would be released with its big brother the 130XE.