The Atari VCS (previously often called Ataribox) is edging nearer to now not being vaporware with the company’s announcement today that it’ll lastly be out there for pre-order. The online game console/mini-PC combo is slated to go on sale on Might 30 by way of crowdfunding web site Indiegogo.
Even higher, we study a couple of extra particulars a few system that has had precious little info past advertising hype and nostalgia transmitted to potential patrons. Whereas we have been advised beforehand that the VCS shall be powered by Linux and have some Atari classics, and we have seen loads of product photos full with retro styling, we now get a beginning value — $199 — together with a couple of specs.
Atari says the VCS will embrace a customized AMD processor with Radeon graphics, assist for 4K decision, built-in dual-band Wi-Fi, and expandable storage choices. (A full spec sheet is promised when the Indiegogo marketing campaign kicks off.) Along with partnering with AMD, the corporate has enlisted Energy A to assist develop the console’s two controllers — a contemporary one with thumb stick and D-pad and a joystick modeled on the traditional Atari 2600 one.
Additionally referencing Atari’s first console is the VCS Collector’s Version, sporting the fake wooden trim that was a part of the 2600’s aesthetic. Whereas we do not know what the worth of the Collector’s Version shall be, Atari did reveal that an all-black Onyx version shall be out there for a restricted time beginning at $199. That value appears to be for the console solely, as the corporate factors out that different editions will include the controllers.
One different piece of reports that is much less encouraging is the anticipated transport date. Atari will gladly take your cash beginning subsequent month, however it says it will not have a completed product till subsequent spring. Issues appear to be progressing for the VCS, however there’s nonetheless loads of time between pre-order and the anticipated transport date for these issues to go amiss. Are you satisfied sufficient to pre-order one?