1979 was a year when personal computers really got going. For the first time they were kind of affordable and people decided to have them at home. We saw the release of three beautiful home computers: TI-99/4 by Texas Instruments, PC8001 by NEC and Atari 400 (first in the Atari 8-bit series). But lets take a look at these!

ti_frontTI-99/4 by Texas Instruments – is a home computer, which was not very successful. Two years later, an advanced and improved version was released. This computer is important for being the first domestic computer with a 16-bit processor! Around 100 games were released for the system.

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pc8001PC-8001 by NEC – is a home computer, which was mostly sold in Japan. A first domestic computer in Japan. There is not much English documentation about the system, but it is known that it was sold in the United States as PC-8001A

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ATARI 400 (First in the 8-bit series) – is an important home computer (series). Maybe it was not the most successful commercially, but at the time of its release it had more advanced graphics and sound (much better than Apple II or Commodore PET) and it was going to get a huge library of games.

In my next posts I am not going to try all the released games on all these three computers. But I will try to mention the best releases from the Texas Instruments system and take a closer look at the Atari 8-bit series (obvious choice for gaming).

If you find any of this information incorrect or something very important is missing, please send me an email: predrulez@gmail.com

See you in the next posts!

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