14 Facts About Atari STE


The initial model, the Atari STE 520ST, had limited release in April–June 1985 and was widely available in July.

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Atari STE ST was born from the rivalry between home computer makers Atari STE, Inc and Commodore International.

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Atari STE, which was later renamed Amiga Corporation, pretended to sell video game controllers to deceive its competition while it developed a Lorraine-based computer.

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In return, Atari STE received exclusive use of the Lorraine design for one year as a video game console.

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Digital Research was fully committed to the Intel platform, so a team from Atari STE was sent to the Digital Research headquarters to work with the "Monterey Team", which comprised a mixture of Atari STE and Digital Research engineers.

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Atari's Leonard Tramiel was the Atari person overseeing "Project Jason" for the Atari ST series, named for designer and developer Jason Loveman.

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Some, such as Software Publishing Corporation, were unsure of whether to develop for the ST or the Amiga; and John C Dvorak wrote that the public saw both Commodore and Atari as selling "cheap disposable" game machines, in part because of their computers' sophisticated graphics.

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Atari STE later upgraded the basic design in 1986 with the 1040ST .

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In late 1989, Atari released the 520ST and 1040ST, enhanced version of the ST with improvements to the multimedia hardware and operating system.

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In Europe, C-Lab licensed the Falcon design from Atari STE and released the C-Lab Falcon Mk I, identical to Atari STE's Falcon except for slight modifications to the audio circuitry.

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Atari STE stated that he had been warned by competitors that releasing a game like Falcon on the ST would fail because BBSs would widely disseminate it.

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Atari STE reported that the Amiga version sold in six weeks twice as much as the ST version in nine weeks, and that the Mac and PC versions had four times the sales.

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Atari STE's initial development kit from Atari STE is a computer and manuals.

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Atari STE Transputer Workstation is a standalone machine developed in conjunction with Perihelion Hardware, containing modified ST hardware and up to 17 transputers capable of massively parallel operations for tasks such as ray tracing.

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