The Atari 7800 was the console to redeem Atari in the eyes of their fans. The 6502C processor was significantly more powerful than those found in any console at the time the system was being developed by General Computer Corporation (GCC). It was backwards compatible right out of the box with no alterations, or peripherals. It also had the graphics power to bring home the arcade games faithfully, unlike any other console prior to it.
The Atari 7800 was plagued with issues, however. First off, the sound was the weakest aspect of the system. The system motherboard had the 2600 hardware onboard for backwards compatibility. This eliminated the ability to add a better sound chip. For example, Dig Dug for the VCS/2600, and the 7800 both had identical sound effects and music. GCC worked around this by allowing the cartridges to have the POKEY sound chip included. No games included this chip, except for BallBlazer and Commando.