Atari ST

Released in 1985, the Atari ST is a family of computers designed to compete in the 16-Bit era, more specifically, with the Commodore Amiga.

System Overview

Pipping the Amiga 1000 launch by a month, the Atari ST was very much a personal statement by Jack Tramiel towards Commodore. Tramiel was forced out of the company he started (Commodore) in 1984. Employing a number of ex-Commodore engineers, the Atari ST was born.

Similar to the Amiga in that the Atari ST utilises a Motorola 68000 processor and has 512k of RAM as standard. The ST lacked the custom chipsets that the Amiga had, but one key feature was its key to a wider customer base. The inclusion of MIDI in and out ports saw the Atari ST develop quickly into a system for musicians and studios. Along with software such as Cubase, the Atari ST became the standard for enthusiasts and professionals alike.

There are several variants of the Atari ST, including the STE, STM, STFM and the Falcon. All utilising the same core specification, but with enhanced CPUs, RAM capacity, onboard improvements, and expansion potential.

The Atari ST ultimately was a successful system, competing well with the Amiga. It is debatable which machine won the war (depending on who you talk to), but it is generally perceived that the Amiga is looked back at with higher regard and nostalgia.

Atari ST
The Atari ST

WHERE TO BUY THE Atari ST

Atari ST520 computer with mouse

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VINTAGE ATARI ST COMPUTER WITH SC1224 COLOR MONITOR IN ORIGINAL BOX

£144.00 (20 Bids)
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Atari ST1040 Monitor, used, Monochrome.

£40.00
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Atari ST520 520 ST Computer Including 288 Disks

£99.00
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atari st fm 1MB mouse

£115.00
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How to Emulate this system?

Atari ST 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 ST. 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.

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Also, check out the other Atari ST emulators we enjoy using:

Emulator Description Platform
Hatari Hatari is an Atari ST/STE/TT/Falcon emulator for multiple platforms Windows / Mac / Linux

Atari ST emulation 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 play Atari ST 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.

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