Atari VCS finally has a release date. After being announced in 2017 as AtariBox, the console is now ready to hit the market this month on June 15th, as announced by the company itself. The console will sell for $ 300 on its own or be bundled with two controllers for $ 400. The platform will include 100 Atari 2600 classics and arcade games. Atari VCS will only be available on Best Buy, GameStop, Micro Center, and the official Atari VCS website for the time being.
Atari’s new console, the Atari VCS, will finally hit the market on June 15, the company announced. As reported by Game Informer, the Atari VCS will be priced at $ 300, with a bundle that includes two controllers for $ 400. Buyers of the bundle will be able to choose between two colors, Black Walnut or Onyx. The basic version of the console is only available in Onyx. The console will currently only be available on Best Buy, GameStop, Micro Center, and the official Atari VCS website.
Third-party controller maker PowerA has created two new controllers for the Atari VCS: one inspired by the classic Atari 2600 joystick and a more modern game controller that Xbox and PlayStation gamers will immediately be familiar with. Both controllers are wireless, charge via USB-C, and feature rumble functionality and LED lights. Each controller will sell for $ 60.
Atari’s new console may look retro, but it was built to be a modern multimedia machine. More than a dozen modern games, including Atari’s Missile Command: Recharged, will be included with the console, plus 100 classic Atari 2600 and arcade games. Users also have access to Antstream Arcade, a game streaming service with a huge collection of retro games available.
Users can also access apps for nearly all major streaming services, including Netflix, Disney+, and YouTube via the console, and it includes a built-in Google Chrome browser and access to Google Workspace apps. Windows, Ubuntu Linux, and Chrome OS can be installed on Atari VCS, effectively transforming it into a mini-PC.
As for the specifications, the machine is capable of supporting 4K resolution and HDR. It sports an AMD Ryzen processor and has internal memory with expansion capabilities. As for connectivity options, the device boasts a Bluetooth 5.0 connection, USB 3.0, and dual-band Wi-Fi support.