Atari VCS - What we know

Posted by Thomas Royle on

So the Ataribox has now been officially announced and it has a new name the Atari VCS (Video Computer System), harking back to the system of a bygone era.

But what is it you might ask? Will it play 2600 games? What about 5200 games? 7800. Lynx, Jaguar.... argh what will it play!!

The truth is we still don't know. The latest press release says

"Inspired by the iconic silhouette of the original Atari 2600 Video Computer System, the new Atari VCS has already generated considerable excitement within the gaming community. Its skillful blend of modern lines and reverential details, combined with contemporary content technology and new innovation, has evoked positive reactions from Atari fans both new and old. The Atari VCS will of course serve up lots of classic content, but it is so much more than a “retro-box.” It is a completely new Atari connected device designed for today’s living room. "

It goes on to say,

" Atari intends its new video computer system to change the way you interact with your TV, just as the original Atari 2600 Video Computer System first did more than 40 years ago."

Hmmmm, I think it really remains to be seen whether Atari can bring out a system that will change the way we interact with TV. In any case there are a million boxes that interact with a TV, the Apple TV and Fire TV both do multimedia and have controllers for games, and in all honest have hardly set the world on fire in terms of gaming so why does Atari think it can?

I can't help but wonder whether we are venturing into Ouya territory, remember, the console that was going to 'disrupt' the gaming industry.

However despite these concerns, we can all admit it looks damn cool, and the controllers look good as well. 

It also has a custom AMD processor so should be able to play some PC games as well as retro titles and lets be honest, it has to be better than the Flashback range.

So what do you think? Will you be getting one?

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