Gaming companies have been capitalizing on the successes of their early offerings by reintroducing gamers to iconic titles in new packages that are easy to use and just as fun as the originals but still modern gaming. Atari is diving into the market with the new Atari Video Computer System, or VCS, which combines both console and PC gaming powers to give users access to some of the most beloved games ever made, along with wide compatibility from the modern console and PC gaming.
Atari VCS: The Basics
The VCS system itself includes 100 of Atari’s iconic games like Pong, Breakout, and Tempest. Gamers can purchase a modern controller, classic joystick, or both to round out their gaming options.
The Atari VCS Game Store also offers a wealth of games, including retro hits and new, creative games from independent developers.
In Atari mode or console mode, the system offers web browsing, Google G-Suite productivity maps, games, and entertainment. In PC mode, the system offers a customizable PC experience on television or desktop that runs on nearly any operating system, giving access to PC game libraries and other platforms.
Design and Function
The Atari VCS system looks like the grown-up older brother of the original design. It features a similar ribbed body to the original, along with a sleek wooden veneer. The system, however, takes a much more modern shape that won’t look out of place or like a novelty toy among other appliances.
When the tech comes into the picture, the VCS is lightyears ahead of its predecessor, as is to be expected. The VCS is powered by an AMD Ryzen R1606G processor and Radeon “Vega” graphics. It also features an M.2 SSD socket and SODIMM memory units that create the ability to expand internal storage and performance specs for PC games and applications with higher demands. It is also compatible with most USB and Bluetooth peripherals for PC gaming.
The Atari VCS system alone runs for MSRP $300. Users can pick up a system with the classic joystick and modern controller in an “all-in” bundle for an MSRP of $400. The Atari VCS system offers gamers a blast from the past that still allows for modern entertainment. Any gamer who has fond memories of the Atari would be happy to bring a VCS home.
Learn more at AtariVCS.com.