Install an Atari 7800 Emulator (10-15 mins)

Task: Install an Atari 7800 Emulator

Needed: Web browser

Time: 10-15 minutes


Emulation software for the 7800 is not as far along as for other Atari consoles and computers. I have tried two emulators that I recommend for those wanting to play 7800 games on their PC.

The first is EMU7800 that was developed using .NET. The code for EMU7800 was last updated in 2015 but seems to run the games I tested just fine. A nice thing about this emulator is that comes with a set of ROMs that can be accessed from the menu.

The second is ProSystem that was developed in C++. This code was also last updated in 2015 and seems to run games just fine.


Download EMU7800 from Sourceforge. Run the .EXE file.

Download ProSystem from Github. Run the .EXE file.


Of the two, I like EMU7800 a bit better. I like its menu system and options. You can also resize the window with your mouse whereas ProSystem has several preset sizes you need to choose from. The 2600-daptor allows you to use an Atari joystick to play the games. The ProSystem required manual entry of all the joystick settings which was kind of a pain. EMU7800 automatically detected the joystick and mapped all the directions and buttons. Note that neither of these is as polished as some of the other emulators. However, they will do if you want to give the 7800 a spin on your PC.