The Atari VCS is making its big debut at E3 this year, giving gamers their first chance to go hands on the with the new console, while opening up pre-orders for everyone else.
It’s been a while since Atari revealed they were developing a brand new console. While we’ve seen and learned about the VCS system over the past year, it’s making a debut at E3 (in private sessions). For those of us at home, however, we get a look at the general pricing for the new system.
While gamers who ordered the VCS during it’s successful IndieGoGo campaign can expect to still get their consoles later this year, everyone else will get the chance in March 2020:
The Atari VCS Official Online Presale is now underway for U.S. customers, with systems and accessories, including retailer-exclusive editions, available for preorder today on GameStop.com, Walmart.com, and AtariVCS.com, for deliveries starting in March 2020. Pricing starts at $249.99 for the Atari VCS 400 Onyx (4GB RAM) Base model and tops off at $389.99 for one of three Atari VCS 800 (8GB RAM) All-In system bundles that include an Atari VCS Classic Joystick and Atari VCS Modern Controller. Classic Joysticks priced at $49.99 and Modern Controllers at $59.99, created in partnership with PowerA, are also available now for retail pre-order. Additional international presale dates and retailers will be announced soon.
“Atari made a commitment to its fans to make the new VCS the best and most versatile game and home entertainment platform it can be, with a wide array of options,” said Atari CEO Frédéric Chesnais. “After so many months of work defining and refining the products, and after the strong initial support of thousands of Indiegogo backers, we are excited to finally and officially announce our product launch configurations, first key retail partnerships, and the kickoff of the Atari VCS Official Online Presale that will put the products into the hands of gamers.”
The start of the Atari VCS Official Online Presale and retail partnerships brings Atari’s successful Indiegogo campaign and Indemand period to a close after one full year. Original Atari VCS backers will receive their hardware starting in December 2019, completing a drive that began on May 30, 2018, with platform-crushing traffic on day-one to achieve $2 Million in funding in the first week and nearly $3 Million over its 30-day span. Total gross sales have since topped $4 Million with more than 12,000 individual contributors.
The all-new Atari VCS home gaming and video computer system is aimed at transforming the TV-centric home entertainment experience. At E3 this week, Atari plans to share demos of the Atari VCS dashboard and Sandbox Mode to showcase the power of the AMD tech that powers the VCS. Users will be introduced to an ever-expanding Atari world of all-new games, classic and remastered favorites, streaming multimedia and personal apps; or can easily make their own. The powerful AMD Ryzen processor featuring Radeon Graphics Technology can handle it all, including 4K HDR streaming, while the all-new Atari Classic Joystick and Atari Modern Controller make everything easy and fun. Switching to the unique Atari Sandbox Mode unlocks an open and expandable multimedia PC for freedom and versatility you can’t get with any other home game system. The Atari VCS blends the best of consoles and PCs to delight a whole new generation of gamers, fans, and creators who will “Discover What You and Atari Can Do.”
Between the console itself and the fact you have to buy the controllers separate, it’s a pretty expensive order, but hopefully we’ll get some game footage and hands-on time that will be convincing. What do you think? Will you be ordering the Atari VCS?