Atari Jaguar

Atari Jaguar
Year Released1993

System Overview

Released in 1993, the Atari Jaguar is the last console Atari produced. (At least in terms of their present guise, as the company still in theory exists). The Atari Jaguar is most notable for its claim of being the ‘first 64-bit console’. The truth is that Atari interprets the use of two 32-bit chips as a total of 64-bit – A marketing ploy perhaps! This is debated, but there is not a single 64-bit chip powering the system.

The system was notoriously difficult to develop for which meant software support was relatively limited, This especially became apparent just over a year after the Atari Jaguar was released. The Atari Jaguar, as well as other competitors systems, were affected by the Sony PlayStation stealing huge market share. Things were not helped by Atari not providing developers with quality documentation, leaving developers alone to work things out themselves.

The system had many critics from its launch. For example, the systems controller was criticised for it’s overly complex and cumbersome design. But it was more fundamentally the lack of third-party developers making games but sided with Sony, Nintendo or Sega which killed the Atari Jaguar.

The Atari Jaguar was available for three years, until 1996. It is estimated that less than 250,000 units sold in total. This was to be the last system Atari Corporation produced.

Atari as a brand still exists, but is essentially just a name. There is an Atari-branded console called the ‘Ataribox’ rumored to be released in 2018. The specification of this machine is not yet known, although it is understood it will reflect on Atari’s gaming heritage as well as embracing new gaming platforms.

How to Emulate this system?

Atari Jaguar emulation is reasonably well catered for, we recommend taking a look at RetroArch if you are seeking an all in one solution. RetroArch emulates a large number of systems including the Atari Jaguar. RetroArch is a front end that utilises emulator 'cores', it is reasonably easy to use and has lots of good supporting documentation on how to use it. RetroArch is available across a number of platforms including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi and many consoles. Take a look at our quick start guide for RetroArch which can get you up and running in 5 minutes.Check out RetroArch hereAlso, check out the other Atari Jaguar emulators we enjoy using:
Virtual JaguarVirtual Jaguar is one of the most popular standalone emulators for the Atari Jaguar. It is available across a number of platforms.Windows / Mac / Linux

Emulating the Atari Jaguar using a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a compact single board computer which has become very popular for emulating retro computers and consoles. You can buy the Pi very cheaply and has a whole community supporting and building accessories and applications that are compatible with.Significantly, for Retro Gaming enthusiasts, the Raspberry Pi offers fantastic all round emulation of many systems. It offers the ability to output games on HDTVs via HDMI or older CRT TVs via composite outputs. Combining the Raspberry Pi with Retropie, you have a device capable of emulating anything from the Atari 2600 to the Sony PlayStation.Check out the different Raspberry Pi packages you can pick up on Amazon using the button below.Check Raspberry Pi prices on Amazon