Tuesday, May 1st 2018

Atari Announces Atari VCS Pre-Sale Begins May 30th

Atari - One of the world's most iconic consumer brands and interactive entertainment producers - today announces that pre-sales of its new Atari VCS hardware platform will start May 30, 2018. The pre-sale is exclusive to Indiegogo and features the time-limited Atari VCS Collector's Edition featuring the special retro-inspired wood-front. In addition to the Collector's Edition, fans will have the option to pre-order the Atari VCS Onyx, a sleek black version. Early-bird Atari VCS packages will be offered, including the Onyx starting at $199 USD for a limited period of time. Other packages will include the Classic Joystick and Modern Controller. Initial Atari VCS shipments are planned for Spring 2019. Fans who have signed up for "insider" email alerts at AtariVCS.com before May 24, 2018 will be eligible for special purchase incentives during the pre-sale.

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 updated Classic Joystick and new Modern Controller for the Atari VCS are being developed in partnership with leading video game peripherals maker Power A. Both items will be available in select packages and as standalone purchases.

Retro-inspired, but not a "retro-box," the Atari VCS will be a fully customizable entertainment experience. This means access to a vast array of games, media and streaming content options. As an homage to the past, Atari VCS covers the classics with the included Atari Vault of more than 100 classic games, including all-time arcade and home entertainment favorites like Asteroids , Centipede , Breakout , Missile Command , Gravitar and Yars' Revenge ; a growing list of games, especially a full range of popular modern titles, will be announced at later dates.

"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."

Atari appreciates the community's intense curiosity about VCS games and content, hardware specifications, production timelines and other key information, and is confident that it is putting the right pieces in place for a successful product and launch.
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10 Comments on Atari Announces Atari VCS Pre-Sale Begins May 30th

Are we taking bets on this running an entry level Ryzen APU?
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this looks like the only console I would actually buy
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I'd love to play asteroids again!
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I much as I want to buy one have they come out and shown what it actually is/what you are getting for 2 bucks? Before anyone dismisses my comment as crazy talk remember OUYA, and how that turned out.
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For nostalgic reasons, I would maybe consider buying it. My first console was the Atari VCS 2600 junior.:) But I fear it will suffer the same fate as the OUYA.
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Unlike the some of the rest of you, I am optimistic.
I much as I want to buy one have they come out and shown what it actually is/what you are getting for 2 bucks? Before anyone dismisses my comment as crazy talk remember OUYA, and how that turned out.
I think that might be why they are remaining hush-hush. They don't want the negative-nelly's of the public ripping them apart before they even get going.
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Atari... i mean Infogrames is on it's last legs.

They even needed Kickstarter to make this happen.
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This seems like what the Nvidia Shield TV should have been; a cheap console for playing casual (Steam) games.

I will not support any crowdfunding, so I'll wait for the retail version.

BTW; this is not the same Atari from the 70s and 80s.
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