Inside the Atari 800

It's the 30th anniversary of this 8-bit PC classic. We celebrate the occasion as we always do, by tearing the product apart and showing you the pieces.

By Benj Edwards, PC World |  Tech & society, anniversary, Atari

Four Ports

One groundbreaking (but regrettably underutilized) feature of the Atari 800 was its four joystick ports, arrayed along the front edge of the unit. With analog paddle controllers (two attached to each port) in place, the 800 could host an eight-player game (as in Super Breakout). By far, the best game to use all four ports was the strategy game M.U.L.E., one of our "Ten Greatest PC Games Ever."

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