Atari VCS pre-sale now open on Indie Go Go
The day has finally arrived, the Atari VCS has been revealed, its specs uncovered and its price made public. If you just came here for the price, consumers will have two options when they pre-order from Indiegogo, the $299 USD Atari VCS day one collectors edition, which will feature a special retro-inspired real wood-front, and the cheaper Atari VCS Onyx with a glossy black face and searing “Atari Red” illuminated Fuji logo. The day one edition is unsurprisingly only available on Indiegogo and for a limited time. Atari’s reimagined Classic Joystick and the all-new Modern Controller are available for purchase in select packages or as standalone purchases. Initial Atari VCS shipments are planned for mid-2019. Controllers are priced at $49 for the modern and 29$ for the retro. The VCS system only comes with one retro controller, though previous press material said that this system would work with other controllers as long as they were bluetooth compatible. There is also a 59$ pack for early backers that contains both controllers.
The 199$ option contains only the Onyx system, while its sister $250 option comes with the Onyx and one of the joystick controllers. There is also an all in $319 option that contains the Onyx sytem and both of Atari’s new controllers.
Finally, the ultimate Atari fans out there can opt for the full price early bird all in bundle for the collectors edition, which will run $339 and contain the wood grain fronted Atari VCS system, as well as both controllers.
Retro-inspired, but not a “retro-box,” the Atari VCS is a modern device that offers a customizable entertainment experience for the home. As an homage to the past, every Atari VCS comes with the Atari Vault® collection of more than 100 all-time classic games, including arcade and home entertainment favorites like Asteroids®, Centipede®, Breakout®, Missile Command®, Gravitar® and Yars’ Revenge®.
Atari VCS features a unique open platform, where users can access a Linux “sandbox” to add their own software and customize their system. Additionally, Atari VCS will have universal peripheral connectivity to work with other PC input devices such as bluetooth and USB game controllers, mouse and keyboard, webcams, microphone, external speakers and headphones.
Michael Arzt, Atari COO of Connected Devices said:
“We are happy with the progress we are making on Atari VCS and thrilled that fans finally have a chance to reserve the first ones, 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!”
Atari has partnered with leading technology companies to help develop Atari VCS, including AMD, who provides the Atari VCS custom processor with Radeon Graphics Technology, and video game peripherals maker Power A who is developing the Classic Joystick and Modern Controller. The Atari VCS platform will support 4K resolution, HDR and 60FPS content, onboard and expandable cloud storage options, dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as USB 3.0 support. Additional specifications are listed on the Atari VCS Indiegogo page and subject to change.