Released in November 1993 and discontinued in 1996, the Atari Jaguar is a 32-bit video game console. The system features 4 different processing units producing high-quality graphics and sound, but it was notoriously complex for programmers. Atari Games licensed the Atari Jaguar's chipset for use in its arcade games.

  • Initially sold for $249.99 in the US ($530 in today's money)
  • It is estimated that only 150,000 units were ever sold



The Jaguar was marketed as "the only 64-bit system", but it is a 32-bit video game console.

Tech Specs

  • 4 processing units (Graphics Processor, Object Processor, Blitter, and DSP)
  • Digital Signal Processor (32-bit RISC architecture, 8 KB internal RAM)
  • Motorola 68000 for controlling inputs running at 13.295 MHz
  • 2 MB RAM (80 ns 16-bit DRAMs)
  • 64-bit memory management
  • CD-quality sound (16-bit stereo with Wavetable and AM synthesis
  • Cartridge-based console (6 MB of storage)
  • The Jaguar's library includes 50 official titles

Jaguar CDThe Jaguar CD

  • The Jaguar CD is a CD-ROM drive for the Jaguar (released in September 1995)
  • Initially sold for $149.95 in the US ($300 in today's money)
  • Only 14 official games were made for the Jaguar CD
  • The Jaguar CD supports the "Virtual Light Machine" and displays light patterns that correspond to CD music played by the system


Graphics & Modes

  • 16.8 million colors with resolutions up to 720×576 px
  • 32-bit RISC architecture GPU with 4 KB internal RAM
  • Tom chip running at 26.59 MHz
  • Object Processor (64-bit)
  • Blitter (z-buffering and Gouraud shading) with 64-bit internal registers


Sound Capabilities

  • Jerry chip (16-bit) running at 26.59 MHz
  • Full stereo capabilities
  • Two DACs converting digital data to analog sound signals
  • PCM and AM synthesis


Atari Jaguar boxed and some games from collection...Expansions

  • CD-ROM drive (placed on the top)
  • CatBox by ICD (VGA out, RS232 and RJ11 CatNet communication ports, DSP-through connector, and more)
  • Dial-up Internet link for online gaming
  • MPEG-2 video card


  • Virtual reality headset
  • 4-controller (compatible with the titles "White Men Can't Jump[" and "NBA Jam Tournament Edition")
  • Jaglink connecting two Jaguar consoles (compatible with the games "Doom", "AirCars", and "BattleSphere")
  • Memory Track for the Jaguar CD (cartridge accessory with 128K EEPROM)


I/O Ports

  • 2 joystick ports (on the front)
  • Cartridge port (on the top)
  • ROM cartridges for storage (up to 6 MB)
  • Video-out (supporting S-Video, RGB SCART, and Composite Video)
  • DSP-port (JagLink)
  • Antenna port (not included in French models)


Game Titles

  • It is estimated that only 50 games were officially released for the Atari Jaguar
  • Alien vs Predator was the best-selling title with 85,000 sales
  • In addition, 13 official games were made for the Jaguar CD
  • More games are being made by homebrew developers

Iron Soldier on Atari Jaguar connected to a modern LCD monitor...Cartridge Titles (Alphabetically)

  • AirCars
  • Alien vs Predator
  • Atari Karts
  • Attack of the Mutant Penguins
  • Breakout 2000
  • Brutal Sports Football
  • Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tales
  • Cannon Fodder
  • Checkered Flag
  • Club Drive
  • Cybermorph
  • Defender 2000
  • Doom
  • Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls
  • Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
  • Evolution: Dino Dudes
  • Fever Pitch Soccer
  • Fight for Life
  • Flashback: The Quest for Identity
  • FlipOut!
  • Hover Strike
  • I-War
  • International Sensible Soccer
  • Iron Soldier
  • Iron Soldier 2
  • Kasumi Ninja
  • Missile Command 3D
  • NBA Jam: Tournament Edition
  • Pinball Fantasies
  • Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure
  • Power Drive Rally
  • Raiden
  • Rayman
  • Ruiner Pinball
  • Super Burnout
  • Supercross 3D
  • Syndicate
  • Tempest 2000
  • Theme Park
  • Towers II: Plight of the Stargazer
  • Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy
  • Troy Aikman NFL Football
  • Ultra Vortek
  • Val d'Isère Skiing and Snowboarding
  • White Men Can't Jump
  • Wolfenstein 3D
  • Worms
  • Zero 5
  • Zool 2
  • Zoop

CD Titles (Alphabetically)

  • Baldies
  • Battlemorph
  • Blue Lightning
  • Brain Dead 13
  • Dragon's Lair
  • Highlander: The Last of the MacLeods
  • Hover Strike: Unconquered Lands
  • Iron Soldier 2
  • Myst
  • Primal Rage
  • Space Ace
  • Vid Grid
  • World Tour Racing


Atari Jaguar Games Console (c)

Source: Wikipedia



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