I don't have an atari 7800 but according to the video game cridict and allgame.com atari 5200 is alot better. You can post now and register later. Too little, too late, I guess. But for some reason, I just can't stay mad at it. Retroarch has problems with some games so I have Mess setup as an alternate emulator. Upload or insert images from URL. ), by Steven Pos » Fri, 29 May 1998 04:00:00, >Actually, I believe the XEGS didn't come out until 1987 or so, at least EIGHT >years after the original 8-bit technology! After reading the posts about the 7800 vs. XL/XE, I was wondering if there were any differences between the 5200 and the XL/XE as far as any games being better or differences in the hardware etc. You forgot another worthy game: the only other game to use 2 controlers for one player. While only 13 of the 37 atari 7800 games were B- or better. I have read much about the 5200 vs. the Colecovision or the Atari 7800 vs. the NES because they are the same era. Oh well, sometimes it's fun to play 'what if.' Haven't found any issues yet. Well, I have a love/hate relationship with the 5200 and right now I'm at the hate stage So, I would say the 7800, The 5200 never got released in Europe, so it has no sentimental values, and the 7800 sucks major, so I guess I go for the 2600. Screenshots don't tell me everything I would like, I guess. Clear editor. People would favor the 7800 because it can use 2600. (I'm going by memory...I could be wrong. Does anyone know what the essential hardware differences were/are? Atari 5200 vs. 7800 - which to buy? by Bryan Edewaa » Wed, 20 May 1998 04:00:00. Things aren't different. Which system do you like the best, the 5200 or the 7800? You are right: the XE Game System is EXACTLY what would have taken off, had it come earlier. 3.0 in. I'm looking into buying either an Atari 5200 or 7800, because I want my retro, and I don't want it on a freaking emulator. My question is: *How* superior or inferior? Yeah, but the 5200 only plays them if you have the cruddy adaptor... and it doesn't even work on all the 5200's out there (Some of them must be modified). I've not noticed any real differences in the games I've played recently (Pac-man, Frogger, and a couple of others) but its made me curious. 27 of the 41 atari 5200games reviewed by the videogamecridict were B- or better. So let me ask the question. (I couldn't think of a better newsgroup to post this question to than this one; if such a newsgroup exists, please direct me there.) But if you must ask me, I prefer the 5200 because there's a lot of games i have that are worthwhile (if I can get the @#@$% joystick to work). × Display as a link instead, × The one and only Space Dungeon! However, couldnt the 5200 have battled the NES - how would the big beast have fared? If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. Still remember the /I\ signs from Bladerunner? FS: Atari 2600/5200/7800/XL/XE, C64, Vectrex, 7. c64 vs CPC vs Speccy vs Atari vs Whatever, 10. Things are things. Probably these questions can only be answered by someone who has played or observed both systems. If I had to choose, it'd be a 7800, because its pretty easy to collect for (off of ebay, my thrift shops only have 2600 games). By I'm not sure why though, since it's controllers suck, it's not as powerful as the 7800, and the thing is a freakin' boat. 0.38 in. Atari 7800 Shop now at Amazon. 2.62 in. That is why I bought a 5200 recently and didn't buy a 7800. That is why I bought a 5200 recently and didn't buy a 7800. And when did XEGS come out, 1985? atarigamer, November 22, 2001 in Atari 2600. 7800 , Cause it plays 2600 and the better quality 7800 games, also the controllers Rule compaired to the 5200, and the 5200 is just way to big for the small amount of space in my game room, Looks like this is still the wrong forum to ask this kind of question. Personally, I'd have to say the 5200. However this potential was rarely realized and there is only a small library of software for the 7800. by Steven Pos » Thu, 28 May 1998 04:00:00. >(I'm going by memory...I could be wrong.   Your link has been automatically embedded.   You cannot paste images directly. User rating On the other hand, I've heard that the 7800 games were much better, especially if there had to be a fairly large number of moving, multicolored objects. Since I've decided to stay home over the three day weekend (except for some outdoor activities), maybe I should take some time and load up the 7800-5200-XEGS and see what differences there are in the same game for each system. Nothing compares to Star Raiders, Berzerk, Rescue From Fractalus, River Raid, Centipede, Missile Command (with the trak-ball of course) and many other games on the good old 5200. Actually, I believe the XEGS didn't come out until 1987 or so, at least EIGHT years after the original 8-bit technology! I'm looking into buying either an Atari 5200 or 7800, because I want my retro, and I don't want it on a freaking emulator. Atari 7800 - Retroarch (using the Prosystem core) and Mess. Atari 5200 vs Atari 7800. Paste as plain text instead, ×   Pasted as rich text. From what I've gathered over the years, the 5200 was nothing more than a "Atari 400 without a keyboard". Basically, if I get one or the other, it'll be a trade-off -- superior graphics on the 7800, but inferior sound, and superior sound on the 5200, but inferior graphics. I have seen some 5200 games, and they are subtley better. × 11.0 in. Is the sound really that bad on the 7800? They could have produced a keyboard-less 400 and called it the Atari 200. Atari 2600 - Retroarch (with Stella Core) Atari 5200 - Atari800. TW/DataManager ST vs. BaseTwo vs. SuperBase vs. dBMan vs. your fave, FS: Atari 2600/5200/7800/XL/XE, C64, Vectrex, c64 vs CPC vs Speccy vs Atari vs Whatever, TW/DataManager ST vs. BaseTwo vs. SuperBase vs. dBMan vs. your fave. Atari 5200 Shop now at Amazon. I have a 7800, and it seems to me there is a potential for more advanced programming than the 8bit line could have handled. I could not get the bezel to work with Kat5200. 5200. The 7800 has better graphics than the 8bit line, however the sprites are still one-color. ), (I couldn't think of a better newsgroup to post this question to than this one; if such a newsgroup exists, please direct me there.). Atari had that technology from 1979 for pete's sake. In between is the lame 5200 system which had ZERO significant advantage over the 8bit line. In my view the Atari 5200 was a huge stupid mistake. Atari800 runs everything perfectly fine. 27 of the 41 atari 5200games reviewed by the videogamecridict were B- or better. First off let me say I am sorry for posting a 5200/7800 related topic here, but If I post it in the 5200 or 7800 board the results will be extremely in favor of that system. What I've read about the 5200 is that its sound is better than that of the 7800, which used the same sound chip as in the 2600. I could care less if the 7800 games can play my 2600 games it means nothing to me. Lots of sentimental value with it, and I still play it. Are the graphics that horrible on the 5200? The advantage would have been a large variety of pre-existing carts. 5. LOL, one of the best ways to describe a 5200. A lot of the games I'm looking for will be arcade ports, so I'm wondering how close to the original those come on each console, too. The only other game to use 2 controlers for one player n't come out until 1987 so. These questions can only be answered by someone who has played or both. Differences were/are n't stay mad at it one of the 41 atari 5200games reviewed by videogamecridict. 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