by Dark Watcher
It was the 1980s and the Atari 7800 release fails to attract attention in a market dominated by the
Nintendo Entertainment System.
So the folks at Atari came to a decision to market another system. Oddly enough it was a step back in time.
Atari introduced the XE Game System in 1987. The XEGS was merely a console remake of their 8-bit Atari 65XE computer. For $199 you got the console, a standard joystick, a light gun and a pack in game called Bug Hunt (light gun game).
Even though it looks like a console, the XEGS is a true 8-bit Atari computer system. It offered the convenience of a detachable
keyboard, compatibility with any standard Atari 8-bit computer peripherals, while offering 64K RAM. When no cartridge was
inserted it would also start up with a built-in version of Missile Command. The marketing strategy was to take advantage of the
back stock of Atari computer cartridges (10 years worth). Some Atari 5200 games were also remade since the architecture was
quite similar. Of course the XEGS could not compete with the likes of newer systems and Atari pulled it from production after a
FACT: The XEGS was basically an Atari 5200 with computer capabilities. The internal architecture is nearly identical. However the XEGS had a lot more RAM and oddly enough the Atari 5200 carts were not compatible.