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Atari VCS Pre-Sale Begins May 30th

by on April 30, 2018

Atari fans, the wait for the new Atari VCS ends very soon!  Today, Atari announced that the Atari VCS will be available for pre-sale starting May 30th, 2018!

The pre-sale is exclusive to Indiegogo and features the limited edition Atari VCS Collector’s Edition featuring the special retro-inspired wood-front. In addition to the Collector’s Edition, fans will have the option to pre-order the Atari VCS Onyx, a sleek black version. Early-bird Atari VCS packages will be offered, including the Onyx starting at $199 for a limited period of time. Other packages will include the Classic Joystick and Modern Controller. Initial Atari VCS shipments are planned for Spring 2019. Fans who have signed up for “insider” email alerts at before May 24, 2018, will be eligible for special purchase incentives during the pre-sale.

The VCS is a completely new Atari connected device.  Atari has partnered with AMD who provides the Atari VCS custom processor with Radeon Graphics Technology. The Atari VCS platform will offer support for 4K resolution, HDR and 60FPS content, onboard and expandable storage options, dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as USB 3.0 support.

The updated Classic Joystick and new Modern Controller for the Atari VCS are being developed in partnership with peripherals maker Power A. Both items will be available in select packages and as standalone purchases.

Keep in mind that the Atari VCS is not a retro console.  It will be a fully customizable entertainment experience. This means access to a vast array of games, media, and streaming content options. Of course, the Atari VCS will include an Atri Vault of more than 100 classic games.  A growing list of games, especially a full range of popular modern titles, will be announced at later dates.

According to the press release, Michael Arzt, Atari COO of Connected Devices, said the following – “We continue moving forward on the Atari VCS project and are excited to see this pre-sale kickoff and to share more updates with our fans as we look toward the first shipments.  We are building outstanding teams and forging alliances that will make this product great and truly worthy of the Atari VCS name. Expert hardware partners are helping make this project possible and we couldn’t be more pleased with their contributions.”

If you want more information, or would like to stay up to date on the Atari VCS, visit them on Facebook at, and follow them on Twitter @Atari and Instagram.

The design is super cool, but I am very intrigued by what type of modern games it will be able to play.  I’m assuming it might be powerful enough to play games you would find on the Nintendo Switch.  But will it play massive AAA games?  Or have multiplayer capability?  I hope they will have more news for us, or show it in action, before the May 30th presale date.

Is this interesting to you?  Let us know in the comments!

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  • illusionaryone
    April 30, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I really want to want this. I do. I just am not sure. I love the look of the console and the promise of Atari retro-heaven and support for newer titles but, I just don’t know. I have the same questions you have – “But will it play massive AAA games? Or have multiplayer capability? I hope they will have more news for us, or show it in action, before the May 30th presale date.” – and that is what makes me hit the pause button on this.


    • Ryan Welch
      April 30, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      Completely agree. I would love a video or announcement that shows which developers are creating games that will work on the Atari. It’s hard to justify spending 200 bucks on a lot of unknown factors.


      • illusionaryone
        May 2, 2018 at 9:01 am

        Precisely. At least they appear to have a product though. I remember The Phantom from years ago. That was a real hoot.

        I will say what I like about what I see – the throw back faux wood paneling and that sweet 2600 controller. The modern controller looks good; very Xbox like (I like the Xbox controller).


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