Atari 5200 SuperSystem (1982 – 1984)

The Atari 5200 SuperSystem was a second-generation video game console introduced by Atari in 1982, and intended to be a higher-end complimentary system to the Atari 2600.

The 5200 was created to compete with the Intellivision, but more directly competed with the ColecoVision shortly after its release.

The 5200 was based on Atari’s existing 400/800 computers and the internal hardware was almost identical, although software was not directly compatible between the two systems. It was also, initially, not compatible with games for the 2600, and this may have hurt sales. Its non-centering analogue controllers, and high asking price were also criticised.

A total of 69 games were officially released for the 5200.

In 1984 the Atari 7800 ProSystem was announced (although not finally released until 1986 in the US), and the 5200 discontinued after just two years, although in that time it still managed to sell in excess of 1 million units.

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