Fans of the Atari rejoice! Atari has announced that on May 30th on Indiegogo, the pre-sale begins for the upcoming Atari VCS. The exclusive wood-front collector’s edition, onyx model and accessories will be available to pre-order. Early-bird Atari VCS packages will be offered, such as the Onyx, starting at 199 USD for a limited time. Other packages will include the Classic Joystick and Modern Controller. Initial VCS shipments are planned for Spring 2019.
The VCS is a completely new Atari connected device, designed in California by Atari. The company has partnered with AMD who provides the Atari VCS custom processor with Radeon Graphics Technology. The Atari VCS platform will offer support for 4K resolution, HDR and 60FPS content, onboard and expandable storage options, dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as USB 3.0 support. A complete list of Atari VCS product specs will be posted with the pre-sale.
The Atari VCS is Retro-Styled without being Retro-Designed, and will be a fully customizable entertainment experience. It will cover the classics as well, with the included Atari Vault of more than 100 classic titles, from Asteroids, Centipede, Breakout, Missile Command, Gravitar, and Yar’s Revenge. Owners can also expect a full range of popular modern titles, which will be announced at later dates. One can only wonder if Swordquest will return. . .
“We continue moving forward on the Atari VCS project and are excited to see this pre-sale kickoff and to share more updates with our fans as we look toward the first shipments,” notes Michael Arzt, Atari COO of Connected Devices. “We are building outstanding teams and forging alliances that will make this product great and truly worthy of the Atari VCS name. Expert hardware partners are helping make this project possible and we couldn’t be more pleased with their contributions.”