Crowdfunded projects came and left and many that last years never delivered. Given these factors, it is almost surprising that the Atari VCS Hybrid PC console has even launched at all. However, here we are almost four years after making his debut like the Atarobox, the Atari VCS finally launches into the stores. Its commercial success, however, still hangs in the balance and in the hands of those who can understand what the device is really.
The Atari VCS was born at an age when every old console or an arcade cabinet came out with awakenings of their classic material, although smaller forms. Atari, however, had a different vision of what would become the spiritual successor of Atari 2600. Full size or perhaps even greater, the ATARI VCS consisted of a home-based entertainment and productivity system. General purpose.
This may look like an Atari classic console, but the ATari VCS is actually a PC in the heart. Execution on an AMD Ryzen chip with 8 GB of RAM and 32GB of EMMC storage, VC Atari can even run Linux or Windows or even Steam OS. In fact, the personalized operating system that Atari uses even includes the Google Chrome web browser.
Of course, the main goal of the Atari VCS is for the game and it is provided with the support of all types of games. Each purchase comes with a copy of the Atari VCS vault that contains a hundred Arcade and Atari 2600 games, as well as the Missile control of Atari: reloaded. There is also free access to Antstream Arcade, a game streaming service dedicated to retro titles and a library of independent games including Bould Deluxe Boulder.
Atari clearly wants the ATARI VCS to be a game console, a game development platform, an entertainment system and a productivity machine in one, but it remains to be seen if it will hit the very mark of the this. The hybrid console goes on sale on June 15 of Best Buy, Gamestop, Micro Center and the official online shop of Atari VCS. The basic unit costs $ 299.99 and the classic and wireless joystick wireless controller costs $ 59.99 each. Although the console supports almost all PC controllers, retailers also offer a three-piece package for # 399.99.