Last year, old-timer Atari kicked up quite a storm amongst gamers due to its reveal of the ‘Ataribox’. This new console-like system marked a return to the hardware market for the gaming veteran, as it’s the first piece of tech the company has made in decades. Secrecy has surrounded the system for a while, but now new details have officially been released.
For starters, the Ataribox name is no more: the new machine is now known as the Atari VCS. If that title strikes you with a bit of nostalgia—that’s the goal. The Atari VCS will play classic Atari games, along with new indie titles. It will include the Open Linux OS, allowing power users to take advantage of the hardware in various ways.
The two controllers for the system are an interesting mix: one is a modern controller that very closely resembles the Xbox style design we should all be familiar with. The other controller is a callback to the classic Atari 2600 Joystick, meant for the aforementioned classic games.
The pre-order date for the Atari VCS will be announced in April. As far as pricing goes, all we know so far is that the company has stated in the past that the price will be similar to that of the Nintendo Switch. That what put in the realm of the Switch’s current MSRP of $299 (US). We’ll have to wait and see if that turns out to be the official price or not next month.