The Ataribox was unveiled to the world in June 2017 as a new console "based on PC technology" that had already been in development for years at the time. Despite this, things did not take long to take: a planned campaign by Indiegogo stopped at the last minute (although it finally happened and was a great success, dragging more than $ 3.6 million), there was a diversion to cryptocurrency for some reason, and it re-emerged in 2019 as Atari VCS, a Ryzen-powered box capable of running Windows, even though it is based on Linux immediately.
Despite a hard trip that included an ugly interview with The Register and the resignation of systems architect Rob Wyatt, who stated in October 2019 that he had not charged in more than six months, the units finally began to be sent to Indiegogo sponsors. October 2020. Later this month it will reach an even bigger milestone, as Atari announced that it will go on sale through the usual retail channels on June 15.
"Atari VCS has been well received by our community of early adopters and we are delighted that more people have the opportunity to enjoy all that the platform has to offer today and as we launch each more content and new features in the future, "said Michael Arzt, CEO of Atari VCS Operations.
The console will have access to "more than a dozen" games at launch, including Boulder Dash Deluxe, Danger Scavenger, Guntech, Jetboard Joust, Sir Lovelot, Something Ate My Alien, Tailgunner and Missile Command: Recharged, which is not I find it too impressive a selection for a $ 300 gaming console. Nostalgia is definitely a big hook for older players, and all units will come with the Atari VCS Vault, a package of over 100 Atari 2600 games, all optimized for use with the new (and optional) Wireless Classic Joystick.
Atari "is making an active entourage of several game publishers and independent developers," he added, and expects more new and updated games for VCS to be released in the coming months.
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Hardware bosses may also find the new VCS intriguing. We can't judge its capabilities unless and until we get our hands on it, but Atari said it supports 4K, HDR and "60 fps" content, with expandable storage options, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and USB 3.0.
"For advanced users and computer enthusiasts who enjoy maximum configuration and customization, an optional PC mode allows you to install Windows or Linux as an alternative operating system, transforming the Atari VCS into a mini -Flexible PC, full-featured and powerful, "Atari said.
Atari VCS base units will be priced at $ 300 each, while "All-In" packages that include a joystick and a controller (which cost $ 60 each separately) can be purchased for $ 400. They will be available for purchase at Best Buy, GameStop, and Micro Center directly from Atari.