Should you’ve been following together with the continuing saga of legendary gaming model Atari’s newest enterprise — a front room sport console and Linux primarily based PC that was originally dubbed Ataribox before morphing into Atari VCS — you are nicely conscious that it is had extra false begins than a struggling offensive lineman. A crowdfunding marketing campaign was teased after which deserted, solely to see the idea revamped with one other marketing campaign teased.
Imagine it or not, Atari has lastly delivered at the very least on the primary a part of its plan to get the VCS into the fingers of precise clients. Its long-promised Indiegogo campaign has launched, and nostalgia freaks are already ordering methods to the tune of over $2 million as of this writing. As beforehand introduced, pricing for the VCS begins at $199 for the Onyx console, however you could cough up one other $30 for the joystick, $49 for the “trendy” controller, or $59 for each enter gadgets. If you need the console with the wooden trim harking back to the unique Atari 2600 that’s receiving probably the most hype, you may must pay $299, although that features a joystick. (Greater than 1,500 have already been ordered as of this writing.)
Whereas we have identified about Atari’s pricing plan and high-level spec data already, the Indiegogo web page is giving us a primary have a look at extra detailed specs for the VCS. As an example, we knew that Atari was working with AMD, however we all know now that the VCS is slated to make use of the Bristol Ridge A10 CPU in addition to a Radeon R7 GPU. It is going to additionally embrace 4GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage, although with the USB ports and microSD card slot you’ll be able to add exterior storage capability if wanted. The VCS will ship with an Ubuntu-based Linux working system, which can permit patrons to make use of it for extra than simply retro gaming.
However clearly that’s the major attraction of the VCS, which would be the focus of the Atari consumer interface for the unit. The corporate shall be retooling a few of its classics to help multi-player mode throughout the Web, full with in-game chat and the potential to gamecast by way of Twitch. (Atari says it is in discussions with Twitch about streaming VCS video games, however has nothing concrete to reveal presently.) Entry to new video games shall be obtainable by means of the Steam platform, although Atari has indicated it will likely be engaged on new titles as nicely.
Although the Indiegogo marketing campaign and new particulars will delight retro players hoping for extra concrete data on the VCS, the one bummer is the discharge date. Atari says it would not plan to ship the primary consoles till a yr from now. Will that deter you from shopping for one? Or is the promise of enjoying Centipede in your TV as soon as once more well worth the wait? Tell us within the feedback part under.