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New Atari VCS set for March Release

Atari VC console

Atari Release Date

The new Atari VCS console is set to arrive in March 2020. Originally scheduled for March 2019 and following a series of delays, the console will arrive with upgraded hardware including a more powerful microprocessor and chips than originally intended.

Originally available for Indiegogo pre orders in 2017, the console has suffered a series of setbacks and delays. Backers have had some comfort in the fact that this has often been to add upgrades and improve the efficiency of the console, with an exciting and much more powerful device now set for delivery.

Atari 2600 console
The original Atari VCS, later named the 2600

Console Upgrades

Michael Arzt, Chief Operating Officer, told Medium.com

The first and most impactful improvement was the switch to the new AMD Ryzen™ Embedded R1000 SoC in order to support 4K 60fps HDR content. The all-new Ryzen APU is also faster, cooler, and more efficient, allowing the VCS to benefit from a simpler and more effective power architecture and thermal solution. The new processor includes built-in Ethernet, Native 4K video with modern HDCP, and a secure frame buffer that fully-supports DRM video. This upgrade will translate to better overall performance in a cooler and quieter machine.

Access to games and apps will be through Atari’s own VCS interface. Games will include Atari classics, new Atari content and games from third party developers. The Antstream Arcade app will also allow users to access over 1000 licensed arcade classics. These include offerings from major developers such as SNK.

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The Original VCS

Atari launched the original 2600 (later known as the VCS) in 1977 and its innovative use of cartridge based games quickly made it one of the biggest selling consoles in history.

The look of the new console pays homage to the originally Atari VCS console, and can be ordered in sleek red and black design, a yellow polka dot design or the classic oak wood finish. The bundle includes a console, joystick and joypad.

The joystick looks pretty much identical to the original and we would like to assume is a little less stiff. Luckily, there is not a Lynx joypad in sight.

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