After rumors and speculation, Atari finally announced that its next retro console, called Atari VCS, is now available for exclusive pre-sale through IndieGogo. Therefore, we want to present the different options and the best way to save if you want to order one.
For those who are not familiar, Atari presented this hybrid device, which marks its re-entry in the console market, in 2017. At first glance, it looked like an Atari 2600, so many thought it would simply be a retro system in it line of recent nostalgia products such as SNES Classic. But although its design looks something similar to its predecessor, this console can do much more.
The new Atari offer presents a unique open platform, where users can access a limited Linux environment to add their own software and customize their system. In addition, it has universal peripheral connectivity to work with other PC input devices, such as bluetooth and USB controls, mouse and keyboard, web cameras, microphone, external speakers and headphones.
The platform also supports 4K resolution, HDR and 60FPS content, cloud storage options, dual band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as USB 3.0 support. Additional specifications are listed on the Atari VCS page of Indiegogo.
It is definitely an interesting experiment by one of the most emblematic companies in the industry. Judging by the Indiegogo campaign, which saw the project break its $ 100,000 goal in a matter of hours, the experiment is working.
There are many options for those who want to get one, since the console has a couple of models and several packages:
– Atari VCS Collector?s Edition ($ 300 dollars): Black Onyx console with a wooden front panel finish. It comes with a classic $ 29 dollar joystick included in the price. Available to book in advance until June 11 at 12 p.m. ET.
– Atari VCS Onyx Early Bird ($ 200 dollars): Black Onyx console with a glossy black front panel finish. It does not come with a control. Available to book in advance until June 4 at 12 p.m. or until the supply of 25,000 units runs out.
– Atari VCS Onyx Early Bird with joystick ($ 229 dollars): Onyx black console and Classic Joystick (value of $ 29 dollars). Available to reserve in advance until June 4 at 12 p.m. or until the supply of 25,000 units runs out.
– Atari VCS Collector?s All In ($ 339 dollars): Collector?s Edition console, which includes a classic Joystick ($ 29 dollars) and a gamepad ($ 49 dollars) in the price. Available to book in advance until June 11 at 12 p.m. ET.
If you don't order any of those four options before the June deadlines, you can still get a VCS, but it will cost you more. After June 4, prices are as follows:
– Independent Onyx console: $ 250 dollars – Onyx console and joystick: $ 279 dollars – Onyx console, joystick and gamepad: $ 319 dollars
Basically, if you want an Atari VCS, it will be smart to pre-order sooner rather than later to get the best price.
Additional controls, gamepads and joysticks can also be ordered in advance, and there is a significant discount if you buy them together.
– Classic joystick: $ 29 dollars (10,000 units available) – Gamepad: $ 49 dollars (10,000 units available) – Joystick and gamepad package: $ 59 dollars (10,000 units available)
If you don't mind having a wood-finished console, and you want the joystick and gamepad, your cheapest option is to place an order in advance from the independent Onyx console before June 11, and add the joystick and gamepad package, for a total cost of $ 259 dollars.
Although pre-orders are available now, you should be patient because the console doesn't arrive soon. Currently, all packages and accessories have an estimated delivery date for July 2019.