Atari is set to make its long-awaited return to the video game console market with the brand-new Atari VCS.
Previously developed under the working title of the Ataribox, the console represents the first to come out of the company in nine long years.
The new look console will boast the Classic Joystick or Modern Controllers as standard, with pre-orders set to open this April
Inspired by the design of the original Atari 2600 Video Computer System, the new Atari VCS will be able to play all your favourite classic Atari titles.
It’s an approach previously adopted by Nintendo with the Mini NES and Mini SNES consoles released by the gaming giant.
The Atari VCS takes that concept to a whole other level though.
Rather than simply play the build-in Atari games present, the new console will also allow users to play modern PC games via a custom AMD processor with Radeon graphics and a Linux based operating system.
It’s a fascinating twist and one that sets the revamped console apart from its rivals.
Expected to ship later this year, the Atari VCS will be priced around the £250 mark, though that price is subject to change.
Once the golden boys of video gaming in the 1980s, Atari nearly went out of business following the video game crash of 1983 and the release of E.T., arguably the worst game in the history of the industry.
Atari’s decline opened the door for the likes of Nintendo and Sega to emerge – could the company be about to strike back in a big way with their new retro-infused effort?
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.