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  Atari 1200XL (1983) by Bill Degnan - 12/13/2016 06:38
Atari 1200XL Pitfall!
The 1983 Atari 1200XL computer, with Pitfall! cart in use. Click image for larger view.

Here is a closeup of the Pitfall! screen. It looks more or less the same as the Atari 400 and 800 systems' display of the same cart. In fact my testing shows that one could use any 400/800 cart in the 1200XL. Click image for larger view.

Close up view of the Atari 1200XL. Click image for larger view.

I got this computer without power supply or software. I took a 400/800 power supply and it worked, and I was also able to use 400/800 carts in this system. As I understand it, the 1200XL was the first of the new generation of Atari computers. The 1200XL was followed in 1984 by the 600XL and 800XL. The XL models appear to be refreshes of the original 400/800 models with formerly optional equipment built in (16k, 48k, 64k). Performance-wise they're basically the same. Atari and Apple in 1983 felt the need to keep up with Commodore by offering something new, even if only cosmetic.

The cart and joystick ports were nicely designed. Click image for larger view.

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