Atari has ad that the Atari VCS will be available at major US retailers from Tuesday 15e June. In addition to being available through the official site, US residents will be able to purchase this “console” from Best Buy, GameStop and Micro Center. Each point of sale will have its own promotions on launch day.
The road to this launch has been strewn with potholes for Atari and its potential customers. A quick look back at the HEXUS archives reveals that the reimagined Atari VCS was first announced over three years ago. He then passed this device through crowdfunding and various hardware revisions before the first batches hit the first customers a year ago. Meanwhile, a significant portion of those on pre-orders had to wait until the approach of Christmas for delivery to be executed.
With the complicated story noted above, readers should be reminded of the specs shipping devices will boast of. The machine is built around an AMD APU, specifically the AMD Raven Ridge 2 (RG1606G), with 8GB of DDR4 and 32GB of eMMC. RAM and storage are scalable, the latter through the use of an internal M.2 SSD slot, external USB stick / flash drive, or cloud storage. The system has two USB 3.1 ports on the front and rear, as well as HDMI 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet. If you prefer wireless, you can connect this machine via Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n 2.4 / 5 GHz. It also has Bluetooth 4.0. The size of the system constructed of “plastic, metal, wood” is 11.6 “x 5.9” x 1.9 “with a weight of 3 pounds. For the operating system, the system will ship with the system Custom Linux operating system from Atari (based on Debian), but you are free to install other Linux distributions like Ubuntu, as well as upgrade to Windows 10 or ChromeOS. users have the choice of Atari mode for gaming and streaming or productivity mode for work, content creation, social media, etc.
Buyers might be drawn to the promise of this machine offering great flexibility, as well as free access to 100 arcade classics and Atari 2600s. However, they might not know Atari is trying to appeal. beyond retro with free access to Antstream Arcade streaming games, as well as launching the machines with a mix of retro / modern indie titles through the Atari VCS store. Of course, as implied before, you can erase all of this and use it as a mini PC with Windows / Ubuntu or ChromeOS.
As mentioned in the intro, the Atari VCS is almost ready for retail. It will come in the following configurations / prices; The Atari VCS Onyx Base systems start at $ 299.99 USD, while the Atari VCS Black Walnut and Onyx All-In system bundles include the Atari VCS Classic joystick (available separately for $ 59.99) and the Atari VCS Modern controller. (also $ 59.99) for $ 399.99 USD.