The Atari 7800 ProSystem, or simply the Atari 7800, is a video game console officially released by Atari Corporation in January 1986.[4] The 1986 launch is sometimes referred to as a “re-release” or “relaunch” because the Atari 7800 had originally been announced in May 1984, to replace Atari Inc.’s Atari 5200, but a general release was shelved due to the sale of the company.[5] In January 1986, the 7800 was relaunched and would compete that year with the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Master System. It had simple digital joysticks and was almost fully backward-compatible with the Atari 2600, the first console to have backward compatibility without the use of additional modules. It was considered affordable at a price of US$140.

In 2009, IGN chose the 7800 to be their 17th best video game console of all time. They justified this relatively low ranking (though higher than every other Atari console save the 2600) with the summary statement: “Its delayed release, its cancelled peripherals, and a lack of financial backing from the company’s new owners all combined to ensure that Atari 7800 would never see any success beyond being a sexier way of playing Atari 2600 titles.

Tutorial for the Atari 7800 (Prosystem) emulator for Windows

The ProSystem emulator is a new 7800 emulator It was written in the C/C++ language and uses the Windows API and DirectX to help emulate the display, sound and input. According to the homepage, it emulates both the NTSC and PAL consoles (I didn’t realize there was a PAL version of the 7800… but who knows)

1) First download Prosysytem from
and unzip the emulator and the roms.

2) Run the file “ProSystem.ex e” and then to configure the commands go option, input.
Controller 1 and 2 correspond to the controllers
Console corresponds to the button on the console (reset,pause …)

3) Select the keys you want

4)To start the game click on the file menu, then open

5. Browse your folders to select unzip your roms.

Done! you can now start playing atari 7800 🙂


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