Atari has finally launched a new console – its first in many years. Formerly called Ataribox during an initial funding stage, it was renamed the Atari VCS (a throwback to the original name of the Atari 2600 from the 70s).
The retro-inspired system is now available to buy in the US through Atari, Best Buy, and Micro Center. The base-level model in Onyx costs $299.99. There’s also an “All-In” bundle for $399.99 that comes with the Classic Joystick and the Modern Controller. You can get it in either Black Walnut or Onyx colourways. If you choose to purchase each controller separately, they’ll cost $59.99 apiece.
The Atari VCS comes with 100 arcade and Atari 2600 games, as well as a subscription to Antstream Arcade’s library. It can also double a PC. So, you can install Windows or Linux on it and use it for other tasks, if you desire. Plus, it’s loaded with streaming services such as Netflix and Prime Video. It even offers access to a built-in Chrome browser and Google’s Workspace apps.
It runs on an AMD Ryzen processor and is capable of 4K resolution, HDR, and 60 frames per second. It supports dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB 3.0, plus you can expand the internal storage. If any of this interests you, the Atari VCS will be available from GameStop, Best Buy, Micro Center, and the official Atari VCS website. The console is launching in the US, to start.
Currently, it’s not coming to Europe, though the company has hinted it could release the device more broadly down the line.