Ever since the Atari VCS was announced earlier this year, the console has been shrouded in secrecy.
Is it a retro-centric console (ala the NES Classic)? Or is it actually going to compete with the likes of Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch?
The truth is a combination of the two, it turns out. Atari has announced a few details about the console ahead of its pre-sale, which is slated to kick off late next month. The company has teamed up with AMD to provide the Atari VCS with a custom processor that uses Radeon Graphics Technology.
Some other features listed include:
- Support for 4K resolution
- HDR and 60FPS content
- Onboard and expandable storage options
- Dual-band WiFi
- Bluetooth 5.0
- USB 3.0 support
If you're wondering what the Atari VCS' full product specs are, the company seems to be keeping a tight lid on it for now but has said that they will be posted with the pre-sale when it goes live.
As for the console itself, Atari is calling it "retro-inspired" but not a "retro box." Rather it's slated to be a fully customizable entertainment experience, giving you access to a wide variety of games as well as media and streaming content. The VCS also includes an Atari Vault with over 100 classic games (such as Centipede, Asteroids, and Breakout among many others); a full list of which will be released at a later date and compatible with a new, updated classic controller as well as a modern controller designed specifically for the console.
The Indiegogo-exclusive pre-sale starts on May 30 and features a time-limited Atari VCS collector's edition sporting a retro-inspired wood front (like the original Atari 2600 had). Atari is also offering an early-bird Onyx version (sleek black) for $199 as well as other packages that include the modern and classic controllers.
Initial Atari VCS shipments are being planned for Spring 2019, so it won't be too much longer before we finally find out if it's worth the wait.
Source: Press Release
Are you interested in the Atari VCS at all? Would you consider buying one through the pre-sale?