When the Atari 800XL was released in 1983, I was still (almost) running around the Christmas tree with a drum. 40 years later, the machine's specs aren't necessarily impressive anymore, but in 1983, equipped with 64 KB of RAM and a special version of the 6502, the machine was way out in front.
Although the computer was not available in sufficient quantities due to production problems during the 1983 Christmas season, and lost market share to the Commodore 64, price cuts made it the lowest priced computer in its performance class.
Time has passed. The 80s are history. But a small unknown team from Gdynia in northern Poland turns the wheel of time backwards anyway, and revives the small Atari.
The RM 800XL is a modern version but in the fancy, original design. Inside the machine a RISC CPU and an FPGA will do its work – the FPGA most likely simulating the MOS6502 Sally variant. Exciting!
Ports are all classic ones announced – quite an interesting plan – but USB, USB-C as well as HDMI will be added, in case the inclined buyer doesn't have 40-year-old input and output hardware readily available.
So far revive-machines.com – the company behind the stunt – does not give any details about the release date or price. But the name of the company gives at least a glimpse in which direction this project will go.
In any case, we are already ... quite excited.