Nice to see an article on it, just a few things:1) The article makes it seem like the XE computer line was created after the 520ST and 7800 re-introduction. The XE Computers were introduced at the January '85 alongside the STs, and actually started shipping in March - way before the retail release of the 520ST that Fall.2) The XEGS did not compete against the 2600JR/7800, it was specifically targeted to the "high end market" (for people who wanted a game console that could also convert into a computer) to place the company in all three levels of the market (low (2600), mid (7800), high (XEGS)). In the US is was mainly marketed in electronics chains and computer stores. 3) There were only several ads comparing the XEGS to the NES, mainly because of it's computer expansion capabilities. Again, the intent was in boxing in the NES from all three market levels vs. the XEGS directly competing against the NES. The 7800 was the one positioned to directly compete against the NES.
XEGS is a system that has been elusive for me to find for quite a while. Saw one on Craigslist a couple years back complete for some crazy low price like $30 and didn't get to the seller in time. Still kicking myself.
Quote from: "sloan"XEGS is a system that has been elusive for me to find for quite a while. Saw one on Craigslist a couple years back complete for some crazy low price like $30 and didn't get to the seller in time. Still kicking myself.That was quite the deal. Gorf had a XEGS he wanted to sell. You may want to contact him to see how much he wants for it.
Apparently the XEGS is much harder to get hold of in the US than it is in Europe.
I just finished watching this! Very nice video, Laird. I can see you really like Star Raiders II. :1:Dark Chambers and Desert Falcon are both better on the 7800, which is the more powerful machine, but the XEGS does have the superior sound chip. Dark Chambers is an excellent game though and very impressive technically, really pushes the machine in terms of sprites. I do feel Desert Falcon could have been better but it's still a good game.
The sound is what I was not impressed with. As you say, the XEGS has a better sound chip! It should have had nicer sound. You have to wonder what happened there.
Quote from: "TrekMD"The sound is what I was not impressed with. As you say, the XEGS has a better sound chip! It should have had nicer sound. You have to wonder what happened there.I know the programmer of Dark Chambers, he helped me with the Retro Gamer article I did on the XEGS. He was telling me that basically it was a one man project and Atari wouldn't pay for somebody to do the sound on it, so what you got was that!