Atari VCS Announced During Game Developers Conference

ATARI VCS

Atari has been planning a new retro-inspired console. At least Atari is giving us a little more to hang out retro hats on. That's why the company took the first step to showcase its new console: Atari Video Computer System (Atari VCS), which stands out for its design and the integration of 2 control options. On the expo floor at the conference, the company will show their so-called Atari VCS, pairing it with a modern controller and a retro-style joystick.

The pre-order date will be announced this April, but, outside of the fairly generic statement, new name, controllers, and promises to change the way we interact with our TVs, I can't help but feel like we're still at square one. We appear to be getting closer to the date that Atari will give the system an official reveal, as today, it's been given a proper name: Atari VCS.

"Every person at Atari and every partner involved with the new platform is just as fanatical about the brand and its heritage as our biggest fans are, " stated COO of Connected Devices Michael Arzt, and this reflection on the history of Atari is something that's very apparent with the Atari VCS, going all the way to its wood finish design. It was a hard decision with the countdown underway, but we weren't willing to go forward with even one thing out of alignment. Furthermore, they added that it will be powered by a custom AMD processor and feature lots of classic Atari games along with current titles form various studios. Since then we have had little information from time to time about the Atari VCS. In addition to a lineup of classic games, its Linux based OS will enable players to run most PC games, and internet connectivity - allowing you to stream, use apps and conduct searches - is included. Today, Atari unveiled the system that's 40 years in the making, the Atari VCS! (I suspect it's just a small PC running emulation software.) But it is apparently really designed as a completely new hub device or appliance for the living room. It'll offer apps and access to streaming, social, web browsing, music listening and more. We'll keep you informed as more details become available.

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