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Atari VCS Linux-based game console hits stores June 15 for $300 and up

The Atari VCS is a modern game console with a retro-inspired look, a Linux-based operating system, and the guts of an inexpensive computer. Designed for playing classic games as well as some newer titles, you can also use it like a cheap Linux desktop PC. First launched through a crowdfunding campaign in 2018, the Atari […]

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Plex Arcade brings retro game streaming to the media center app (starting at $3 per month)

Plex, a company that got its start by offering a way to stream your personal media collection from a home computer or server, is now… a lot more complicated to describe. In recent years the company has added support for live TV, an ad-supported movie and TV streaming service, podcast support, and other features. Now […]

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Atari VCS game console is now shipping (It’s real and it… needs software updates)

The Atari VCS is a modern take on a classic game console. With a design inspired by the 1980s-era Atari 2600, the new version is designed to play games designed for the original as well as newer titles. And it can do a lot more. Under the hood, the Atari VCS is basically a Linux […]

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Lilbits: Atari VCS is ready to ship, iPhone 12 is coming soon, and more

I know, I’m surprised too. But it looks like three years after it was first announced, two years after its name was changed, and more than a year after it was first supposed to ship, the Atari VCS is actually a real thing that’s about to ship to backers of a crowdfunding campaign. Designed to […]

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Lilbits: Nintendo Switch 4K coming next year, Samsung Galaxy Z 2 Fold next month

Last year Nintendo released a smaller, cheaper, and slightly less capable version of its popular Switch game console. Now rumor has it that the company will make a move in the other direction next year, by launching a pricier, more powerful version of the Nintendo Switch that adds support for 4K displays. We probably won’t […]

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Atari VCS game console set to ship by December 24 (allegedly)

It’s been a long and (very) bumpy road, but the developers of the Atari VCS retro-inspired game console have finally announced a ship date. The Atari VCS All-in bundle is up for pre-order from Atari, Walmart, and Gamestop, and it’s expected to begin shipping to customers by December 24, 2020. Customers who pre-order by July […]

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Lilbits 386: Cheating at benchmarks

Benchmark utilities are designed to let you run the same exact test on multiple phones, PCs, or other devices so you can get an apples-to-apples comparison and see how they stack up against one another in terms of CPU, graphics, memory, and storage performance, among other things. At least that’s the idea. In practice, some […]

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Atari acquires Wonder, developer of the Android-based WonderOS gaming platform

A few years ago a startup called Wonder announced plans to release a gaming smartphone that worked a lot like a Nintendo Switch. While you could use the device as a standalone smartphone, you could also attach controllers for mobile gaming sessions or connect it to a dock for gaming at home. That phone never […]

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Atari shows of VCS motherboard… as its designer quits the project

The Atari VCS is a retro-inspired game console that’s basically a small PC with an AMD Ryzen Embedded processor and Radeon Vega graphics. It’s expected to run a custom Linux-based operating system with support for classic games and some modern titles. First unveiled as a concept more than two years ago, the latest word from […]

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Atari VCS game console gets pre-release upgrade (to AMD Ryzen)

When the folks working on the upcoming Atari VCS game console first announced plans to launch a gaming PC for the living room with classic Atari design features, the plan was to ship an inexpensive system powered by a 2016-era AMD Bristol Ridge processor. Now the developers have announced that they’ve retooled their design and […]