The Atari VCS, formerly known as the Atari Box until the reveal is now available for pre-order only through Indiegogo with two styles to choose from. One of these systems is the Atari VCS Day One Collector’s Edition which features real wood. This one will cost $299 USD and only available for a limited time.
The other system is the Atari VCS Onyx which has a glossy black face with an “Atari Red” illuminated Fuji logo. This one will cost $199 USD and is also available for a limited time.
There is a Classic Joystick ($29) and a Modern Controller ($49) that can also be purchased as standalone purchases. These have been developed by Power A. Yet, the system will come with universal peripheral connectivity which allows a large range of PC devices to connect. So expect to be able to plug-in devices such as mice, keyboards, headphones, webcams, and more.
Atari COO of Connected Devices Michael Arzt accompanied the announcement with a statement:
“Atari VCS will give fans a lot of freedom to game, stream, connect and customize their experience like never before. The entire Atari team is working hard to deliver this unique platform and can’t wait for fans to get their hands on it. We’ll have exciting reveals and announcements between now and then so stay tuned!”
The console is said to offer a customizable entertainment experience as well as paying homage to the past. All units will come with the Atari Vault that offers over one-hundred classic titles. Here’s a few of them:
- Missile Command
- Yars’ Revenge
Due to it being an open platform, users can add their own software and customize it by using Linux. The system has an AMD custom processor with Radeon Graphics Technology and will be capable of supporting 4K, HDR, and 60fps. It has onboard cloud storage that can be expanded. Dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB 3.0 are also supported.
The Atari VCS is due to ship mid-2019.