Atari had stated before that their foray back into the competitive home console space would start at $199.99. They’ve maintained that marketing point as they’ve announced pre-sale purchases for the Atari VCS home console will begin on May 30th when the IndieGoGo for the hybrid console/PC device gets underway.
The limited-time early bird pre-sale specials will be available for $199 with both the wood-front collector’s edition and Onyx models being available for pre-purchase.
The pre-orders for the Atari VCS Onyx and the classic edition both come with an old-school Atari analog joystick, along with a second modern day twin-stick wireless controller, which is equivalent to the standard Xbox One controller in design, save for the fact that it has an orange cover on the left analog stick and an orange Atari logo at the bottom center part of the controller.
If funding is successful, the Atari VCS pre-purchases will ship out first to those who got in on the early bird specials starting next spring in 2019.
The final specs still haven’t been revealed, but the Atari VCS will be powered by AMD’s Radeon technology, along with support for 4K, HDR, WiFi, Bluetooth and USB 3.0 ports. Don’t take the 4K thing too literally because for $199 the system most certainly will not be able to play games in 4K unless it’s the old 2600 titles. Expect the 4K support to be for media playback and streaming content, but if the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X struggle with 4K media and they cost significantly more, you’re dreaming of swimming up a piss stream if you think that a $199 box powered by underpowered AMD hardware is going to play newer games at 4K and 60fps.
You can learn more about the the new Atari VCS, which will come packed with 100 Atari classics along with several of Atari’s more modern games, by visiting the official IndieGoGo page.