Originally Posted by Retro-Nerd
But why they released the ST without hardware scrolling and this shitty sound chip? Only to save money? Check the Atari XL, what an amazing 8bit machine.
Because the Amiga was originally Ataris machine until Commodore bought out Lorraine/Hi Toro.
Atari knew they had to have a 16 bit machine, but didn't have the luxury of development time, so the ST was built with parts off the shelf and released.