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Play it again,
Sam. The XE-Game System (XEGS)
we go again. Do you remember 1982?
In 1982 Atari released the Atari 5200 SuperSystem, a stripped down Atari
400/800 home computer.
In 1987, Atari went this way again. Basically they took an Atari 800XE
(Europe), or an Atari 65XE (NTSC) respectively, made some minor
modifications to the PCB and built a fancy 80's-style case around the
rather outdated hardware.
The XEGS was Atari's first (and last) 8bit-home-computer with a detachable
keyboard. Powering on the XEGS with the keyboard attached, Atari BASIC
showed up, making the XEGS programmable just like any other Atari
Firing up the machine with no keyboard attached, automatically starts
Atari's home-computer version of 'Missile Command'.
The system was packaged with console, one joystick, light gun and several
Being fully compatible to the Atari 8bit line of home-computers, gamers
could rely on a huge library of software-titles.
As you can see, it's hard to define whether the 'XEGS' is a computer or a