Atari’s new retro console is ready for your money … but it won’t ship until 2019

Since the Atari VCS was announced (and then known as the Ataribox), we've had a lot of questions about it. While many remain unanswered, the pre-sale date has been announced in a press release for the Atari VCS: It will go on sale May 30. 

Just how much is Atari expecting you to fork over for the new console? Well, you'll be able to find the Atari VCS on sale at Indiegogo with packages starting at $199.

Packages? Plural? Atari has confirmed a few different packages, including an Atari VCS Collector's Edition with a retro wood front and an Onyx version in all black. Atari will also have packages that bundle in a "Classic Joystick" or "Modern Controller" at what will likely be higher prices.

Now comes the bad news: Despite what has already been a long wait since the announcement of this product, orders aren't expected to ship until Spring 2019.

Speak up before taking my money

Beyond the dates, new details on the Atari VCS remain sparse. 

The press release says the console will run on a custom but unspecified AMD processor with Radeon graphics. It will also support 4K, HDR, and 60fps content (note: this should not be confused for gaming at 60fps in 4K HDR). It will include expandable on-board storage, and support connectivity via dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB 3.0, all of which will be hooked into a proprietary version of Linux that has a custom Atari interface.

The Atari VCS will include access to 100 classic games in the Atari Vault, but whether it will be able to handle more current titles is up in the air. 

From out hands-on experience with the Atari VCS, it seems unlikely that the console will come close in performance to an Xbox One S or PS4 despite having a similar price. Think of this one as more of a collectors item than Atari's attempt to re-enter the console market proper.

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