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  1. I don't think it had deeper negative consequences for their future selling the ST along with a bunch of games. It was certainly a smart move while competing against Amiga and it helped sales which initially weren't all that great. Also considering overall similiarities between both computers, it wouldn't have been that hard to develop for both systems anyway. What probably didn't help the marketshare there was stuff like skimping on a really decent sound chip. Where both companies had big problems was not being taken serious as being much more than a manufacturer for gaming systems in the first place. A lot of their weird, catastrophic business decisions were wrapped around being the superior gaming console while at the same time appearing as a reasonable choice for computers. Not to mention that in the US consoles quickly became more popular than in Europe, so there was an even larger split between gamers and people who bought "serious computers" for work applications.
  2. Oh for sure. Its sad that there hasnt been done more with it. The BBC micro had an official co-processor port, which could hook anything to it, x86, 68k, today they use raspberries, etc. Kinda envious about that. The PBI could probably do similiar stuff.
  3. Ah yeah that seems to be it, 6551 being said controller.
  4. Hi, so I got this serial interface device which gets hooked to PBI and I havent seen anything like it online. From what I can gather it has a baud controller and a quartz, which clocks it to 19.2 baud but technically the controller could go to around 100. It also has a 9 pin port which I believe gets plugged into the joystick port to get 5v there if necessary. Since connections over PBI are pretty fast as opposed to SIO, etc, I thought this might be of interest. https://imgur.com/a/wOyUBTg
  5. They did release the Apple IIGS in 1986, which had a 16 bit cpu, up to 8 MB ram, 640×200 with an actual 4096 color palette and much improved sound while being backwards compatible to the Apple II. I mean sure, it was a new platform but it was meant to be the nextgen continuation while running old Apple II software (at twice the speed.) Thats something Atari could have benefited from in the mid 80s. Extending the platform and bridging the gap. In the end they fucked it up because it competed against the mac (which sucked in comparison), so they kept the clock frequency artificially low at 2,8 mhz and killed it off as fast as they could. Not that Apple should be the goldstandard anyway. They werent exactly making the best business decisions from the early 80s right up until the late 90s. Any other computer company would have simply gone bankrupt.
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