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What are the go-to Atari computer emulators currently?


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I've had my 8-bit and 16 bit Atari systems boxed and stored for years. Typically, when I want to get my Atari fix, I turn to one of my favorite emulators. For that past handful of years that has meant Atari800Win PLus for 8-bit emulation and STEEm SSE for 16/32-bit emulation. I looked into it a little bit and have seen a few other titles listed and wanted to see what users on here felt were the best, or at least, the better Windows-based, Atari 8 and 16-bit emulators out there currently.

I'm really pleased with the emulators I currently use but I'm always willing to give a new app a try. Are there any better options available right now?

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Here is the list for Atari emulators, that i use on my PC:

 

- "STEEM SSE", you mentioned it, is a very good Atari-ST and Atari-STE Emulator

 

- for the Lynx i use "HANDY"

 

- the former "MESS" Emulator, which later consolidated with "MAME", has good emulators for Atari-5200 and Atari-7800

 

- "KAT5200" is also a good emulator for the Atari-5200

 

- "PRO SYSTEM" i also can recommend for the Atari-7800

 

- "STELLA" is superb for Atari-2600

 

- "ATARI800 WIN PLUS" i still use for Atari-800XL, runs good and smooth here

 

- for the "ATARI JAGUAR" it`s difficult, i could not find an emulator which emulates perfectly until now

 

 

And when you want to emulate the Atari-ST on different handhelds, then i can recommend "DCASTAWAY". I have this emulator on my DINGOO handheld and it runs very good. This emulator is available in different versions for different handhelds. The Atari-2600 emulator STELLA has also versions for different handhelds, i also have it on my DINGOO. Runs also great there.

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Steem SSE and Hatari for me. Hatari will also run on a Raspberry Pi :)

 

There's also a version of Hatari for Android called Hataroid, which runs pretty well.

 

 

Hatari, ProSystem, and Stella run great on a Mac too. Even Altirra works well, but you have to run it in either a virtual machine like Parallels or VirtualBox, or through CrossOver/WINE.

 

Stella, ProSystem, Hatari and Atari800 run on a Raspberry Pi very well.

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Hatari, ProSystem, and Stella run great on a Mac too. Even Altirra works well, but you have to run it in either a virtual machine like Parallels or VirtualBox, or through CrossOver/WINE.

 

Stella, ProSystem, Hatari and Atari800 run on a Raspberry Pi very well.

In addition, for the Rasperry Pi, theres RetroPie here: https://retropie.org.uk/

 

Which turns your Pi into an emulation powerhouse!!

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In addition, for the Rasperry Pi, theres RetroPie here: https://retropie.org.uk/

 

Which turns your Pi into an emulation powerhouse!!

 

 

RetroPie is merely a pre-packaged distribution of Raspian Linux, EmulationStation front-end software, and all the other emulators (including Atari800, ProSystem, Hatari, etc) compiled to run on the Pi.

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RetroPie is merely a pre-packaged distribution of Raspian Linux, EmulationStation front-end software, and all the other emulators (including Atari800, ProSystem, Hatari, etc) compiled to run on the Pi.

 

It's really helpful to have that set of tasks already taken care of though.

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It's really helpful to have that set of tasks already taken care of though.

 

 

Sure, but that's not really what the thread was about when I posted. Heck, I have RetroPie 3.8 on my RPi3 right now, along with 32GB of the finest retro-tastic bits money can buy. But the topic was asking about specific emulators, not RPI distributions for gaming.

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Sure, but that's not really what the thread was about when I posted. Heck, I have RetroPie 3.8 on my RPi3 right now, along with 32GB of the finest retro-tastic bits money can buy. But the topic was asking about specific emulators, not RPI distributions for gaming.

 

Sure, I get that, but there are countless threads on this forum that have strayed from the original intent, my intent was only to add something of interest, because thats how I've been able to expand what I know.

 

In an effort to get things back on track, as I said earlier in the thread I use, and have used in the past with a lot of success:

 

Steem SSE

Hatari

Altirra

Atari Win800

Mess (Atari 7800)

Stella (Atari 2600)

 

But the first two are what I prefer.

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I'm just thrilled to see how far emulation has come and how its becoming the premier method bringing the classics to the masses.

Agreed and it`s also interesting to see the different kind of emulators. There are software-emulators and there are FPGA-products and the compatibility of some of these is also superb in the meanwhile. For example, when you look at C64 or Amiga emulation, then you have things like VICE, WinUAE, CCS64, HOXS64 and also there are Minimig, MiSt, Chameleon64 and some other hardware, which have very compatible core and firmware by now.

 

When i download for example a new Amiga OCS/ECS Demo from the internet, i try it in WinUAE, on the Minimig and on my real Amigas. Some of my real machines have floppy-emulators too and i test it also there. Software emulators, FPGA-products and the real machines use completely different ways in handling the software, but at the end, they all show exactly the same things on the monitor or TV. This is very interesting for me.

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For 8-bit, the "atari800" emulator suits all my needs. This emulator doesn't get enough love around here because everyone seems enamored with Altirra. But Altirra isn't portable so it doesn't suit my needs, atari800 runs on linux and mac without the need for wine, and on the raspberry pi where wine isn't an option.

 

ST: hatari. Steem is good too, but again not portable enough. Hatari works very well.

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Altirra's user interface and versatility are no doubt very good. Though when I want an old school Star Raiders experience I strongly prefer Atari800 Emulator's NTSC effects. So much easier to get the CRT look. And it gets the colors correct, too.

 

Some changes have been made to Altirra to fine-tune the palette. And I have yet to make professional measurements. So we'll see!

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