Atari VCS game console had initially been teased with minimal information a few years ago, then delayed, and even when they launched an Indiegogo campaign last year, the specifications were not set in stone, and although we knew the company planned to use an AMD Ryzen processor, the final choice was announced later in April of this year: AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 processor.
Indiegogo backers should get their console in December 2019, but if you’re prudent with your own money, you may have preferred to wait, it’s now possible to get Atari VCS in March 2020 by pre-ordering it now for $249 and up from Walmart, Gamestop, or Atari’s own website.
There will be two model with Atari VCS 800 and Atari VCS 400 sharing many of the same (preliminary) specifications except for the RAM capacity:
- SoC – AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 dual-core / quad-thread processor with VEGA 3 graphics
- System Memory
- VCS 400 – 4GB DDR4 RAM (upgradable)
- VCS 800 – 8GB DDR4 RAM (upgradable)
- Storage – 32GB eMMC internal, unlimited external USB HD/stick, cloud (subscription required)
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K w/ HDCP 2.2 integration
- Networking – Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4/5GHz, Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 4x USB 3.1 ports
- External Inputs – Classic joystick, modern controller, microphone, others TBD…
- Dimensions – 29.5 x 15 x 4.8 cm (Approx.)
- Weight – 1.36 kg (Approx.)
- Materials – Plastic, Metal, Wood
The console runs Atari Custom Linux OS by default, but as an x86 platform it will be compatible with other Linux distributions, Windows, Steam OS, and Chrome OS.
The price list for the console and accessories can be found below.
|800 Onyx All In (Retail Exclusive)||8GB RAM (upgradeable) Bundle||March 2020||$389.99|
|800 Onyx Base||8GB RAM (upgradeable)||March 2020||$279.99|
|400 Onyx Base||4GB RAM (upgradeable)||March 2020||$249.99|
|Classic Joystick||Accessory||March 2020||$49.99|
|Modern Controller||Accessory||March 2020||$59.99|
The Atari VCS 800 “All In” bundle is said to include an Atari VCS Classic Joystick and Atari VCS Modern Controller. Whoever came out with the pricing for the bundle may be math-challenged or hopes customers are, since purchasing those items separately come out at $389.97, so there’s no actual discount for the bundle.
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