Atari VCS Retro Gaming Console Preorders Open Via Indiegogo

Atari relaunches Indiegogo campaign for Atari VCS game console

Atari relaunches Indiegogo campaign for Atari VCS game console

That isn't exaggeration, either: Atari initially had a goal of raising $100,000 for the VCS, and at the time of this writing, the total amount pledged clocks in at an eye-watering $1.74 million. Originally named the Atari VCS before a rebranding in 1982, the console was a sizeable mainstream success, and came to be seen as a mainstay of the video gaming industry at large.

The Atari VCS will be available in two variants: a black/red version and one with a stylish wood finish, which presumably is the Collector's Edition.

Both consoles are scheduled to ship in Spring 2019.

Yesterday, Atari Inc. announced that pre-sales were open for their new hardware, the Atari VCS, with the "retro-styled" new box pulling in an impressive opening volley of numbers.

Some have considered the Atari VCS to be little more than vaporware and it's easy to see how they would get that impression. Not only can you play hundreds of classic games like Adventure, Asteroids, and Centipede, but you can also access social media, streaming services, music, and modern games "from a wide variety of independent developers".

After launching a curious campaign on Indiegogo to fundraise for development of the console past year, Atari has now raised around 15 times its $100,000 target. The system has an AMD custom processor with Radeon Graphics Technology and will be capable of supporting 4K, HDR, and 60fps. "Atari VCS will give fans a lot of freedom to game, stream, connect and customize their experience like never before". The classic joystick closely resembles the beloved Atari 2600 controller but comes with some modern benefits, such as a reactive LED ring, Bluetooth and USB C connectivity, and PC/Android compatibility. The VCS on its own (meaning without a controller) is available for $199 until June 4, which is $100 off the list price. Some of those games will be Atari classics, and the company plans to "reimagine" several of those titles, but it will also support Linux-compatible PC games.

For more information about the Atari VCS then head on over to its official web page now.

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