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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.