meet Atari VCS, Atari’s first new console after 25 years!

Meet the Atari VCS

The upcoming Ataribox has been renamed and finally revealed to the public today. The new name for Atari’s new console will be the Atari VCS and is a gaming box with an “Open Linux OS” as the landing page atarivcs.com reveals. With it’s small design it clearly wants to recall the famous Atari 2600 design, with the wooden front panel and long striped chassis.

The Atari 2600 was one of the best consoles in its day. Picture credit: By Evan-Amos – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14517499

Future built with classics in mind

The Atari VCS is both aiming for retro console experiences and modern indie games as the website proclaims it with “Hot Atari Classic Games. Hot New Indie Titles.” How the Atari VCS will fulfill this claim is unknown, the console was just revealed this week at the GDC, Game Develeoper Conference. There is currently  no price known for the Atari VCS and also no further specs of the system. Atari has announced that the preorder date will be revealed in April this year and that you can join the waitlist in order to be notified once the preorder website is ready.

 

The Atari Jaguar was a 64-bit videogame home console and was released in 1993, 25 years ago. Picture credit goes to Evan-Amos – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18269034

Pricing and tech

Since the price is not known as of now, we can only guess. Atari did however talk about a price range between 250$ and 300$, while planning to use an Intel based chip. With around 300$ the Atari box would most likely try to take up the challenge with the other big platform holders such as Sony with the Playstation 4, Microsoft with their Xbox One and Nintendo with the Nintendo Switch. While game boxes like Ouya sadly have failed to palce itself in the market for longer, Atari might be up to something interesting here. The design is sleek, has the opportunity to get both retro gamers and indie fans on their side if the console does both deliver a good user experiene and solid power. Of course it won’t be as good as the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro and of course it won’t be portable like the Nintendo Switch. However, it goes to show that the Atari VCS is quite a looker and might be the first potential hit Atari could have after decades. I for one am excited to see what the future of the Atari VCS holds.