ATARI Jaguar - NTSC Rev B

The Atari Jaguar was the very first, arguably 64-bit gaming console and like the Atari Lynx (the first hand held colour portable game system) it should have done better.

The arguably comes from the cries that while the components are 64-bit the GPU and CPU could only interprets command sets that were 32-bit. I'll leave that argument for other sites.

In 1993 the Jaguar was classic Atari's last swing at the game market after failure of the Lynx. The Jaguar was a serious bit of kit well and truly above and beyond the hardware or its competitors Sega's Mega Drive/Genesis and Nintendo's Super Nintendo which are 16-bit systems.

Unfortunately, as has been the case for many systems the Jaguar suffered from a comparatively small game library. As time has shown (looking at you Game Boy), consumers will buy a more rubbish system with lots of games VS a better one with only a few.

While there were a number of issues with the hardware itself (as all systems do), due to its powerful yet segmented architecture the Jaguar was amazingly difficult to write software for reducing interest in third party development. Documentation from Atari was also limited and incomplete adding to the problem.

The Jaguar had a chance however when Sony and Sega brought their 32-bit consoles onto the market with an impressive line up of new software its days were numbered.

In addition to a number of released and unreleased add-ons (including a VR Headset) a CD drive was sold in an attempt to boost and save the system however it too was unsuccessful.

The moulds for the Atari Jaguar were later sold and have since been used as the shell for a dental camera.

Interestingly enough, while the Jaguar was difficult to code for, the PS2 and PS3 are reportedly more difficult however they have the strong backing of Sony and an established gamer following to make the effort viable.

Final Tip: If you're looking to buy a Jaguar and aren't sure whether it's NTSC or PAL format the power LED is the giveaway. NTSC units have a red power light while the PAL Jaguar light is green.

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Unit pictured has been sold and its location is unknown.