Ryzen-powered Atari VCS console is finally available to pre-order

Ceria Alfonso
Junio 13, 2019

Have you played Atari today? But as early as March, the answer could be yes.

'Atari made a commitment to its fans to make the new VCS the best and most versatile game and home entertainment platform it can be, with a wide array of options, ' claims Atari CEO Frédéric Chesnais.

We've reported on the Atari VCS (not that one, the new one) in the past, mostly out of morbid curiosity; it's not a Nintendo system but given the popularity of "classic" retro consoles - such as the SNES Classic Edition and Mega Drive Mini - we found the whole concept incredibly interesting, as well as little worrying.

It should be noted that the Atari 2600-inspired Black Walnut design seen here is only available directly from the company.

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While the machine has more powerful guts than any micro-console you could mention - it's packing an AMD Ryzen processor with Radeon Graphics Technology and is capable of 4K HDR video streaming - the only confirmed games so far are 100 crusty old Atari classic from the '70s and '80s.

Therefore, the first retails to offer the upcoming Atari VCS for pre-order will be Walmart and GameStop, but customers will also be able to pre-order the retro gaming console directly from Atari's online shop. Like the Atari 400 and 800 computers, the names refer to the amount of memory, measured now in gigabytes instead of kilobytes, with the 400 having 4 gigabytes of ram and the 800, 8 gigabytes. The All In bundles include an Atari VCS 800 console as well as both the classic joystick and modern controller.

Atari ran a successful pre-order campaign through Indiegogo, which has now wrapped up as official retail pre-orders become available. The campaign has ended.

The Atari VCS launched on Indiegogo last March and was originally set to arrive in spring 2018.

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