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Atari Partners With Antstream Arcade For Atari VCS' Retro Games

Atari VCS players will be able to access classic games like Pong, Tempest 2000, and Yars' Revenge through the Antstream Arcade app.

September 30, 2019

We are about six months away from the launch of the Atari VCS, one of several new consoles poised to release in 2020; unfortunately, Atari has not revealed much about their crowdfunded console recently. This finally changed today as Atari explained how they will be powering the retro gaming experiences of the Atari VCS. Interestingly, they are bringing this promised feature to the Atari VCS with the help of a crowdfunded streaming platform called Antstream Aracde. 

Antstream Arcade was successfully funded on Kickstarter back in May with the goal of creating a platform where players could stream thousands of officially licensed retro games from the cloud. While something like Google Stadia is attempting to be a console-like platform with exclusive games, Antstream Arcade follows a subscription model. From launch, the Antstream Arcade app is poised to be available on Atari VCS with over 2,000 games. That being said, the app will specifically feature tons of Atari games only on VCS. Specifically, Atari says there will be “many arcade, home, and handheld platforms” represented via Anstream Arcade, which could mean that we could see games from more obscure platforms like the Lynx or Jaguar.

Everyone who picks up an Atari VCS will have access to a monthlong free trial. After that, Antstream Arcade either costs $9.99 a month or $95.88 for a yearlong subscription. To start, 50 Atari games such as Pong, Adventure, Night Driver, Tempest 2000, and Yars’ Revenge will be available exclusively on the VCS version of Antstream Arcade, though they promised that there will be “additional games added on a steady basis.” All of this retro game streaming platform’s titles will work with both the Classic Joystick and Modern Controller for the Atari VCS; in fact, some of them will have LED and rumble enhancements, multiplayer, and “social challenges” that people can use to connect with others.

Still, unmodified versions of these Atari games will be available for those worried about preservation. Though some may not like this streaming-based approach and it remains to be seen how good the emulation is, this is certainly an unexpected way for the Atari VCS to deliver retro games. It will also be interesting to see how the Intellivision Amico, another new platform promising to feature tons of retro games with enhanced features, delivers their titles.

Despite this divulgence of info on retro games, a lot is still unknown about the Atari VCS as we approach its launch, so DualShockers will keep you updated as more is revealed about it. Atari VCS is supposed to launch sometime in March 2019, with the cheapest version of it retailing for $249.99.

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Tomas Franzese is a News Editor at DualShockers, writing a variety of reviews and shedding light on upcoming games for both PC and consoles. While he has been a gamer most of his life, he began writing for DualShockers in 2016 and has almost never put his computer or a controller down since.

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