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Atari 5200
4 Port


Pam, Video System X, and finally, as it was released in 1982 the Atari Super System 5200. It retailed for $249.99 USD and came with the Super Breakout cartridge, two controllers, a power cord and RF switch. There were two models made: the 4 port and 2 port and depending on which you had determined the RF switch and AC adapter you received. This particular model was the 4 port and the RF combo is shown below. The 4 port model was released first and then 2 port second. The joysticks that came with the system were analog (although not self centering) with a 12 button numeric pad that would accept overlays. The only problem with the controllers is that they were easily broken and expensive to replace, even today. The 5200 could store the controllers in a storage compartment on the back top side of the system. By winding the controller cords around the joystick and turning them upside down, they fit perfectly in their compartment. The excess cable that came from the unit could be wrapped and stored in the base of the system. There were about 125 games released specifically for the 5200 and also an adapter to play the 2600 games on the 5200 which otherwise would have been incompatible due to their size. The 4 channel sound came from the same chipsets that Atari used for their line of computers and the 5200 also had 1.78 MHz 6502C processor, ANTIC graphics co processor with 256 color palette and a screen of 16 colors max. The system was 8 bit (although basically a 16K computer). The wedge shape that the system was made into was actually the design for the VCS Wireless 2700 prototype. The superior system only lasted to about 1984.

The other games that were available at the 5200's release were: Pac Man, Centipede, Space Invaders, Degender, Missile Command, and Galaxian.

In Latin America, the 5200 was marketed as the Arcade Unit and in hotel rooms as the 5200 Spectravision Hotel Unit.

With the amber cover removed, you can see where the controllers were stored on the unit when not in use.
The bottom of the unit shows where the signal out plug was stored when not in use.

Square/Circle button. Presumably the channel switch.
Some sort of expansion bay ont the back right of the system. I can't seem to pry it open without causing bodily harm to the unit.
12 button Atari 5200 controller. Easily broken, expensive to replace.
Sample Atari 5200 Game Cartridge. Cartridges were wider than the Atari 2600 or the Atari 7800.
Sample Parker Brothers Atari 5200 Game Cartridge.
Sample Activision Atari 5200 cartridge
Sample CBS Atari 5200 cartridge
Sample Sega Atari 5200 cartridge
The RF switch/AC adapter combo. The RF switch plugs into the system and the AC adapter then plugged into the RF switch. (4 port model) Part no. A203

Input 120 VAC 60Hz 38VA
Output 9.3 VDC AT 1.95A

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Tip of 5200 controller.
 
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