View Full Version : Is the Atari 800XL comnpatible with the Atari 800?

October 24th, 2013, 11:20 AM
I do not really know much about old Atari 8 bit computers. My collection is all Apple and Commodore. However I am thinking of getting an Atari, however, I would like to know if the 800XL and the old 800 are compatible.

David Culp

October 26th, 2013, 04:02 PM
Hi Dave,
At one time I had both an 800 and an 800XL, along with an 850 disk drive and a "smart" disk drive that had a serial printer port (the model escapes me right now, but the company made a similar model for Apple as well) and all of my peripherals and programs were interchangeable. The biggest difference, as I recall, was that the XL had only one cart slot, but more memory.