Atari VCS Linux-powered gaming console now available for pre-order for $249

Atari VCS lets you enjoy Atari's world of all-new and classic games, including Atari games, streaming multimedia and personal apps; or can easily make their own.

At the E3 Expo, the largest video game trade event in the world, which took place recently in Los Angeles, US, Atari made a big announcement concerning advances of the Atari VCS. For those new to Atari VCS, it is a home gaming and entertainment system.

Gamers can enjoy Atari’s world of all-new and classic games, including Atari games, streaming multimedia and personal apps; or can easily make their own.

Atari VCS Gaming
Atari VCS Gaming

The product is a result of the successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which resulted in a total gross sales topping $4 million with more than 12,000 individual contributors.

“After so many months of working on defining and refining the products, and after the strong initial support of our thousands of original Indiegogo backers, we are excited to finally and officially announce our product launch configurations, first key retail partnerships and the launch of the online presale that will put the VCS into the hands of America’s gamers,” said Atari CEO Frédéric Chesnais.

Atari has signed exclusive Atari VCS distribution contracts with Walmart.com and GameStop.com, and the official internet presale for U.S. clients will start this week. Systems and accessories, including exclusive editions for these retailers, will be accessible for pre-order delivery from March 2020. As scheduled, VCS systems pre-ordered on Indiegogo will be supplied late 2019.

Atari VCS ships with new and classic games based on Atari’s new open platform. It is powered by AMD Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Graphics Technology and play games at up to 4K resolution and 60fps. Users can also use the unit to watch their favorite web-based streaming videos and entertainment.

On the other hand, developers can make new TV-based games and apps for private use or share it across the Atari VCS community.

Atari VCS
Atari VCS

As far as pricing is concerned, it starts at $249.99 for the Atari VCS 400 Onyx (4GB) and tops off at $389.99 for one of three Atari VCS 800 (8GB) All-In system bundles. Users can order from the official website. International distribution planning is in progress and will be announced eventually.

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