The Atari 5200 was launched in launched in 1982 as an upgraded version of its predecessor; the Atari 2600.
Although, its graphics were superior to that of other consoles it failed to do well in the market. However, the classic Atari games stuck in cult followings and today are available on emulators for all to live out the glory days, when gaming was much simpler. This tutorial will help you set up your Atari800 win plus emulator on your windows pc to play all your coveted Atari 5200 games, so….let’s get started.
things first: Get the files you will need
The only file you will really need is the Atari emulator installation file. Once you have that just install the emulator and your pc will do the rest. However you will need certain image files as well and keep them in a “New folder”, the files are listed below. During installation the pc will ask you to locate these files so just browse on to the “New folder” where you kept them and pick them, one by one. The Images you will need are as follows;
ATARIOSB.ROM, ATARIXL.ROM, and ATARI5200.ROM,
Atari DOS Disk ROM: named DOS_20S.ATR.
Atari BASIC Cartridge ROM: named ATARIBAS.ROM.
Game Cartridge ROMs: with the extensions .ROM.
Game Disk ROMs: With the extension .ATR.
Game Cassette ROMs: With the extension .CAS.
Game Executable ROMs:
Afterwards, your setup screen should look something like this:
Just keep on clicking next and soon enough you will be done installing
: Set up the emulator
Now, you need to choose your machine type. Once the Atari800Win Plus interface appears just click on the Atari tab on the top of the emulator to get a drop down then go to machine type and select 5200
The following screen shot shows the emulator running as an Atari 5200 game console and that my friend is what you need so keep the configuration in this mode to if your priority is the 5200 gaming line.
Next comes graphics option, which I would advice you to play around with to find one that suits your system. Just Click view to get the drop down menu and from that select the graphics option.
Then we have Joystick Configuration. Click input to get a drop down menu and select joysticks from it, the window you see will look something like this.
You can then choose a preset of “arrow keys and ctrl to fire” or create your own custom input configuration by clicking the “keyset A” button, either way is fine
Also, you can use your mouse for use as a control device. To do this, Click Input => Mouse device and select the Atari hardware to be emulated by the mouse.
Next, go back to the Atari buttons drop down menu and select memory, from that select the amount of memory your computer has.
Finally: Playing the games
Well now its time to start playing. So click on file and from the consequent drop down click on autoboot image to get the loading window. Then, navigate to where you have stored your game images, double click on one of the images and presto!!