ATARI XEGS / XE Game System Light Gun

Released in 1987 for use with the Atari XEGS the Light Gun (XG-1) was also compatible with the Atari 2600 and 7800 and was the first light gun produced by Atari. It was bundled with the deluxe release of the Atari XEGS but could also be purchases separately as an optional peripheral.

The Light Gun was released with the game 'Bug Hunt' and a further five titles were slowly released; Alien Brigade, Barnyard Blaster, Crossbow, Meltdown and Sentinel.

The light gun, in essence a reworked Atari Light Pen concept, was frustratingly inaccurate when compared to the Sega Master System's 'Light Phaser' and the Nintendo NES' 'Zapper'. Ideally a vintage light pen should be calibrated before each use, as was the case with pens for the Atari 400 and 800 but software for use with the Light Gun had the X, Y values hard coded.

Once you worked out how far to the left or right you had to aim it worked much better but it really did defeat the purpose of aiming. Vertical aiming didn't seem to be as bad.

All that said, it did look like a pretty neat raygun.

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Unit pictured has been sold and its location is unknown.