Atari 8-Bit refers to the line of 8-bit computers that Atari had developed and manufactured through the 1980s. The first of these computers were the Atari 400 and Atari 800, both released in 1979. They would be replaced by the Atari 600XL and the Atari 800XL in 1983, which now had Atari BASIC built in instead of being available only as a separate cartridge; however, games and program that were designed for the Atari 400 and Atari 800 now required a Translator boot disk to run them. In 1985, Atari released the Atari 65XE and the Atari 130XE as replacement models, followed by the XE Game System in 1987 to compete primarily with the Nintendo and Sega 8-bit game systems. In 1992, the company dropped all support for the 8-bit computers.

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