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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 […]

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Atari VCS gets 8GB RAM spec bump, will be bootable from USB devices

The Atari VCS is a work-in-progress game console with a design inspired by the classic Atari 2600. But while the VCS will come with a bunch of 80s-era games pre-loaded, it’s basically designed to be a full-fledged computer with (relatively) modern specs. The folks at Atari launched a crowdfunding campaign for the VCS in May, […]

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Wood-paneled Atari VCS consoles are up for pre-order (again)

When the Atari VCS crowdfunding campaign launched last month, backers had two options: a $199 Onyx edition with an all-black design, or a $299 Atari VCS Day One Edition with a wood-panel design on the front, giving the system a classic Atari-style look. Despite the higher price tag, the 6,000 limited edition Day One units […]

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Atari VCS to ship in 2019, pre-orders open May 30th for $199 and up

Atari plans to re-enter the gaming hardware business next year by shipping the Atari VCS in spring, 2019. The company has been teasing the upcoming device for nearly a year, and from what I can gather, it’s basically a Linux-based computer stuffed in a small box designed to resemble a classic Atari game console. While […]

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Atari VCS game console (and PC) goes up for order in April

After delaying the launch of a crowdfunding campaign a few months ago, Atari says it’s just about ready to launch its new game console. It’s also giving the product a new name. Goodbye Ataribox. Hello Atari VCS. Atari hasn’t announced detailed specs or pricing information yet, but the company had previously indicated that its upcoming […]