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1993 - 5th generation system
The Atari Jaguar is a 64-bit home video game console developed and produced by Atari Corporation. It was released in North America in 1993 and in Europe in 1994. The Jaguar was the first 64-bit console to be released and it was marketed as the first "64-bit" console, although it actually used a hybrid architecture that combined a 32-bit general-purpose processor with two 64-bit specialized graphics processors. The Jaguar features a Motorola 68000 processor running at 13.295 MHz, and it has 2MB of DRAM. It also had a custom graphics processor called "Tom" that was capable of rendering 3D graphics, and a custom digital signal processor called "Jerry" that handled audio processing. The console also featured a built-in modem for online gaming, which was a first for a home video game console at the time. The Atari Jaguar had a relatively small library of games, but some of the notable titles include: "Alien vs. Predator" - a first-person shooter game where the player fights against aliens and predators. "Tempest 2000" - a modern remake of the classic arcade game Tempest, featuring updated graphics and gameplay. "Iron Soldier" - a mecha combat game where the player controls a giant robot, fighting against other robots and tanks. "Towers II: Plight of the Stargazer" - a 3D RPG where player takes the role of a member of an alien race, trying to save their civilization. "Doom" - a port of the classic first-person shooter game. The Atari Jaguar was not a commercial success and it was discontinued in 1996. The console had a number of technical problems, such as a lack of games, poor software development tools and a difficult-to-use cartridge-based system. The company was also facing financial difficulties and was eventually sold. The Jaguar was the last console developed by Atari and it is considered as one of the biggest failures in the video game industry.