After being teased a fair few months back. Atari have now unveiled the features and specification of there up and console The Atari VCS. Here is some key information of the new console by Atari.
The Console will be bundled with more than 100 all-time classics in their original arcade and/or 2600. Here is a short ad of the Atari Vualt.
The only ” New game ” that will features on this console on release is Tempest 4000 , but further more modern games by Atari are currently in development .
- Play New and Classic Games
- Online Services
- Voice Control
- Live Streaming Via Twitch
- Port or create Apps using the Linux Sandox OS
- AMD Radeon R7 Processor
- Linux UBuntu OS
- Customizable UX
- Low TDP Architecture
- Compatible with Most PC peripherals
- System Connectivity ( Media Streaming )
- Smart Home Integration
- Second Screen (Screencasting)
- Connections – HDMI 2.0, 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 4xUSB 3.0
- Storage – 32GB eMMC, external HD, SD card
- RAM – 4GB DDR4 RAM
- Memory 32GB eMMC
- USB External hard drives excepted
- Bluetooth and USB game controllers accepted
- Mouse and Keyboard
- External Storage
- External Speakers
Both Modern Design and Classic Controller ( as seen in the pictures above ) will feature Bluetooth connectivity and rechargeable batteries connected using USB C Cables.
Console Bundled Package
- Atari VCS Console
- HDMI Cable
- Power Adaptor
- Quick Guide
- Modern Controller and Joystick ( Depending on What bundle you choose)
Prices very with starting price at £150 to £300 depending on what bundle you chose. But it has to be notified that the pre order price has a limited time offer with a deduction of 33% . So just the regular price of a stand alone console with no controllers can cost up to around £225 .The release date for the Atari VCS is expected Spring 2019.
For further more information and a place to grab your own. Head to their official indigogo page here https://igg.me/at/atarivcs/x
Atari is offering a great looking console with plenty to give to us retro gamers. The unit has lot more features then i originally expected. This micro console packs some serious power, Al lot more then the current competition out there
But unlike what Nintendo, Sega and Snk are doing. It seems to me they are in a uncomfortable grey area between both Micro Console and current gen . The price alone is very close to the current gen consoles but not offering as enough content and following. As for a micro console, i would say it has delivered exceptionally well .
But it all come down to the games. Personally for me the Atari was just before my time and the games themselves have never attract me. As for the design of the unit the original Atrai 2600 is in my personal top best designed home consoles and now that they have have applied this with a modern take is just pretty stunning.
Atari them selves have recently not been in the favour of their followers, with their latest projects. But this a great opportunity for them to bring back the support of the Atari lovers out there.
Comment below on your thought and take on this. Are you looking forward to the Atari VCS.