What Exactly is the Atari VCS Gaming Console?
During the summer 2017, Atari begun teasing a new product called the Ataribox. But apart from knowing it was a shiny console, things were left very vague indeed. Well, they’ve finally announced that said console will go on pre-sale within weeks and it’s now called the Atari VCS.
The Atari VCS has been “years in the making.” But baring its look and a newly revealed logo for the console system, we’re still not entirely sure what it is. And we’re not convinced Atari do either given they announced a pre-sale for the then called Ataribox back in December which never came into fruition. So what do we know?
Well, we do know that Atari are unsurprisingly aiming to hit the retro gaming market hard – a new 80s looking logo reveals as much. We also do know what it’ll look like with the device featuring a fake woodgrain and slatted black plastic geometric design. It undoubtedly has retro hints, but it’s most definitely a contemporary design. We actually really like it.
But what it’ll do/feature? Your guess is as good as ours. Atari are throwing lines around like, ‘The Atari VCS will of course serve up lots of classic content, but it is so much more than a “retro-box.” It is a completely new Atari connected device designed for today’s living room.’ What that exactly means is anybody’s guess.
Atari have released an image of its prototype controller and joystick controller, and they look as you’d expect. We also know that the system has a custom AMD processor and runs a version of Linux, meaning it will be able to play some PC games as well as retro Atari titles.
But while the Atari VCS could be exciting, there’s a whole load of reasons to keep that excitement in check. Atari is far from its glory days and the company does also license its name out for some serious tat too. An Atari-branded smart dog collar was announced in 2016, for example… Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony also have the market locked down, so it would be incredibly difficult to deliver something of substance.
The Atari VCS is due for release sometime in 2018 and will likely cost between £250-300. Head over to the Atari VCS Website where you can ‘Join the Waitlist’ now.