One of the most iconic consumer brands, Atari, is back and better thane ver, as the upcoming console, Atari VCS is now available for pre-sale exclusively at Indiegogo. Two models of the Atari VCS are available to be pre-ordered, including the Atari VCS Day One Collector’s Edition, which features a special retro-inspired real wood-front. The other is the Atari VCS Onyx, which features a glossy black face and searing “Atari Red” illuminated Fuji logo. The VCS Day One Collector’s Edition is 299 USD, and is exclusive to Indiegogo, only for a limited time. The Atari VCS also has a reimagined Classic Joystick and an all-new modern controller available for purchase in select packages, or as standalone purchases. Initial launch shipments are planned for mid-2019.
Retro-inspired, but not a “retro-box,” the Atari VCS is a modern device that offers a customizable entertainment experience for the home. As an homage to the past, every Atari VCS comes with the Atari Vault® collection of more than 100 all-time classic games, including arcade and home entertainment favorites like Asteroids®, Centipede®, Breakout®, Missile Command®, Gravitar® and Yars’ Revenge®. It will also feature a unique open platform, where users can access a Linux “sandbox” to add their own software and customize the system further, such as add more PC input devices (Bluetooth/USB game controllers, mouse, keyboard, webcam, et cetera).
Atari has partnered with leading technology companies to help develop Atari VCS, including AMD, who provides the Atari VCS custom processor with Radeon Graphics Technology, and video game peripherals maker Power A who is developing the Classic Joystick and Modern Controller. The Atari VCS platform will support 4K resolution, HDR and 60FPS content, onboard and expandable cloud storage options, dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as USB 3.0 support. Additional specifications are listed on the Atari VCS Indiegogo page and subject to change.
“We are happy with the progress we are making on Atari VCS and thrilled that fans finally have a chance to reserve the first ones,” said Michael Arzt, Atari COO of Connected Devices. “Atari VCS will give fans a lot of freedom to game, stream, connect and customize their experience like never before. The entire Atari team is working hard to deliver this unique platform and can’t wait for fans to get their hands on it. We’ll have exciting reveals and announcements between now and then so stay tuned!”