Atari's Jaguar was the first 64-Bit videogame system. Not all
components of the Jag are 64-Bit - the CPU is a 16Bit 68000. Therefore
a lot of programmers saved money and time by converting
Sega Mega Drive/Genesis games 1 to 1 to the Jag. Overall there were only
ca. 50 games some of them are hard to get today. The doublespeed CD-ROM
couldn't save the Jag. There were other add-ons like a VR helmet or a
Jag modem and some of them were even introduced on fairs! However,
Atari didn't have the money to support these extravagant extras.
Sigma Designs announced a JagPC card that allows you to play JaguarCD
games with any PC. The project was dropped because the low number of
available JaguarCDs and the decreasing sells of the Jaguar.
The Jaguar was Atari Computers last hardware project. There were
prototypes of the Jaguar 2 and a Jaguar with an integrated CD-ROM - they
were all dropped. Atari and the JTS Corporation (a small harddisk drive producer)
merged and ceased to exist.
Some of the former Atari employees founded VM Labs and are working
on a revolutinary combination of DVD player and videogame console.
A daughter company of Hasbro bought the rights for all games, know-how
and computers from JTS for only 5 mio. dollar. At least they were more
interested in Atari classic games than the rest and publish 3D or
2000 versions of Atari classics.
After a few new releases (e.g. Worms) of games which were already finished,
there are no more new games. There are of course exceptions like games
programmed by Atari demo crews.
CPU/Clock speed:68000/16 MHz - 16/32-Bit
Resolution:768*576 True Colour
Interfaces:2*Joystick, Modul, Expansion
Storage:Modul, CD-ROM (doublespeed)
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