If the joystick doesn’t give you blisters, I’m not sold
Legendary games giant Atari Inc. have announced that their new upcoming console, the Atari VCS, is now available for pre-sale on their official Indiegogo site, where the company amassed over $700,000 to fund the project.
The two, previously showcased, editions of the new hardware are available to pre-purchase. The Atari VCS Day One Collector’s Edition features the classic wood-paneled design of the original Atari 2600 unit, launched back in 1982. Exclusive to Indiegogo and available for a limited time only, this edition is available for $299 USD.
The second model is the Atari VCS Onyx, a sleek console, styled in black and red, which is more in keeping with the design of later consoles such as the Atari 7800 and the Atari Jr. The Atari VCS Onyx is currently available for pre-sale at $199 USD. Both units are available packaged with the re-imagined Classic Joystick or the all-new Modern Controller and come loaded with 100 classic Atari VCS titles.
“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,” said Atari COO Michael Arzt. “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!”
The Atari VCS is considered a “sandbox” platform. Utilising Linux software, owners will be able to customise their system and add their own software. The console will support 4K resolution, feature both on-board and cloud storage options, dual-band WiFi and USb 3.0 support. For more information about the console’s specifications, check out the Indiegogo page.
The Atari VCS is now available for pre-sale, ahead of its mid-2019 shipping date.