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Atari Opens Pre-Orders For Retro 'VCS' Console

Atari Opens Pre-Orders For Retro 'VCS' Console

If you're interested, you can obtain the Onyx Edition for the discounted price of $199 (it'll go up to $299 after June 4) or the wood-front Collector's Edition for its standard price of $299. Atari's reimagined Classic Joystick and the all-new Modern Controller are available for purchase in select packages or as standalone purchases. (And no, we aren't referring to the ridiculous "Speakerhats.") The console was originally known as the Ataribox when it was announced in July 2017 with little more than a few renders, basic specs, and a promise to be more than a nostalgia trip. More will become clear as we inch closer to its spring 2019 launch, but for now, you can head over to the VCS Indiegogo page for more - and to order one for yourself if you've chose to take a ride on this particular hype train. There are joystick and gamepad bundles also available, while both of those controllers are available on their own for $29 and $49, respectively.

Retro-inspired, but not a "retro-box", the Atari VCS is a modern device that offers a customizable entertainment experience for the home.

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. But this new piece of hardware won't be just about the classics. These have been developed by Power A. Yet, the system will come with universal peripheral connectivity which allows a large range of PC devices to connect.

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It seems like this retro console reboot is a technical leap ahead systems like the NES Classic Mini and incoming PS One Classic to us here at T3.com.

Utilising Linux software, owners will be able to customise their system and add their own software.

The Atari VCS platform will support 4K resolution, HDR, and 60FPS content, expandable cloud storage options, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB 3.0 support. For more information about the console's specifications, check out the Indiegogo page.


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