Atari! The company that helped kick-off the age of video games is back, trying to win the hearts and minds of a new generation gamers everywhere with a brand-new console!? I know, I didn’t know what make of it at first either.
Earlier today Atari announced that they have developed their own next gen console called the Atari VCS. What’s intriguing is that the console seems like a combination of P.C Gaming and Console gaming. According to Atari it uses an open sandbox Linux system allowing the gamer to customize the software and experience. Meaning if you don’t like the Default System you can add other software and customize the system. If you are a diehard P.C gamer Keyboard and Mouse and all that comes with it, you can connect them to your system. It also comes with the Classic games of Atari with a classic joystick.
Michael Arzt, Atari COO of Connected Devices said “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!”
Atari has made deals with several companies including AMD, so inside you will see a custom processor with Radeon Graphics Technology, Classic Joystick and a modern controller. It will support 4K Resolution, HDR, 60FPS, onboard and online expandable cloud storage, Nice Dual Band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and of course USB 3.0.
It carries the price tag of $299 for the Day one Collector’s Edition, and $199 for Onyx Edition.
The VCS is available for pre-order and is expected to ship mid-2019.
What does this mean for gamers? I think it’s exciting that Atari is attempting coming back from the dead with the console. As a P.C gamer myself with console tempting me every now and then, This seems to address some of the issues with the ever ongoing battle between consoles and P.C Gamers. The Design looks sleek and has a hint of the nostalgia that Atari seems to want to cash in on. I am as always cautious. But I am excited for a new competitor between the big 3 console companies. Competition tends to lead to advances and a better experience for us gamers. Atari once revolutionized the gaming world, I think they deserve the chance to try again.