Atari 1200 XL

Atari 800 XL

Atari 600 XL

 

Release Date:

1983

 

Release Date:

1983

 

Release Date:

1982

During the middle of 1984 Atari changed up the built in BASIC program from the earlier version ( Version A that is found on most of the CXL4002 Basic Cartridges ) to Version C. They did later come out with this later version on cartridge and could be ordered directly from Atari Corp. via phone.

 

The 800XL was one the most successful system in the XL line but even that wasn't enough to help save Atari from loosing money, and with the Video Game Crash of 1983 right around the corner would not help the situation.

Starting in 1982, Atari refreshed the look of their computer line and brought evertyhing into well the 80's. The XL line of computers would take the fight to Commodore by releasing 3 teirs of computers.

 

The 600XL was introduced in 1983 as the low end model replacing the Atari 400, it was relased with a price point that would rival the C64. Upgrades from the 400 included a new styling, full key style keyboard ( no more membrane style keyboard).

 

The release of the 600XL was plagued with a limited release during the 1983 Christmas sale season which gave a big advantage to the Commodore line of computers.

System Specs:

Processor: Atari 6502 C
Processor Speed: @1.79MHz
RAM:64K        ROM: 24K
Screen Resolution:320x192
Media Format: Cartridge
Controller Ports: Two (2)

System Specs:

Processor: Atari 6502 C
Processor Speed: @1.79MHz
RAM:64K        ROM: 24K
Screen Resolution:320x192
Media Format: Cartridge
Controller Ports: Two (2)

System Specs:

Processor: Atari 6502 C
Processor Speed: @1.79MHz
RAM:16K        ROM: 24K
Screen Resolution:320x192
Media Format: Cartridge
Controller Ports: Two (2)

Picture Submission: Jason P. Philis

Picture Submission: Jason P. Philis

Picture Submission: Jason P. Philis

When Atari rolled out the new XL series in 1982, they started off by releasing the 1200XL. This would end up being the biggest of the released XL series computers.


The 1200XL came fully loaded with 64 RAM to start with along with 24k ROM. This system ( like the 400 and 800 system) did not have the Basic Programming Language built in like the later 800XL system. One cool feature this system did have was when it would be turned on without a game or a powered up disk disk drive it would display a rainbow Atari logo. If the user pressed the help key it would bring you into a test mode for your keyboard.