Those of Atari They are taking it easy, very calm, since after announcing that they return and that they were already working on a new next-generation console, that would mix the best of the classics and the new technology, we have seen a couple of delays that make us doubt that the console is real.
So far we know what to call Atari VCS, as well as some of its specifications, which highlights the recent incorporation of a new generation AMD processor with Vega graphics.
Well, today those of Atari return to the load and finally give us the first details of the games that will be ready from day one of the console, although the surprise is that it is about a monthly subscription service for streaming games.
Yes, another subscription service more to the account
For this new console, Atari is confirming an alliance with Antstream, which will add an optimized and expanded version of the Antstream arcade game subscription service, which, they claim, is exclusive to the Atari VCS and gives access to a library of more than 300 classic games.
According to the information, this Antstream platform will give us access not only to old arcade games, but also to classic titles of Sega MegaDrive, Nintendo 64, Commodore 64, Atari 2600, Atari ST, PC, Atari 5200, Nintendo NES, Sega Master System, NeoGeo, Intellivision and many more. And is that Antstream has a license to market some of these titles by developers.
Antstream also has a global leaderboard of all its games, as well as weekly and monthly competitions, which makes users stay pending and not stop playing.
The detail is that access to Antstream in the Atari VCS require a monthly subscription of 10 dollars a month or 96 dollars a year. With this we can access the catalog of streaming games, and its promise of periodic updating, and we can play either with the new remote or the classic joystick. An attractive point is that with the payment of this membership we can also access Antstream from other platforms, such as PC, Mac, smartphones or tablets.
Atari explains that Antstream be additional to 'Atari Vault', the catalog of more than 100 classic Atari games that had been confirmed from the beginning, and which will be included for free in each Atari VCS console.
For those who do not remember, the Atari VCS is emerging as an ambitious bet that will mix the best of classic consoles with the new generation and a multimedia center. It will be compatible with 4K HDR, services like Netflix and HBO, in addition to new games that will take advantage of the full potential of the console.
According to Atari, the console is ready to go on sale, and be delivered to those who acquired it at Indiegogo, at the end of this 2019 and beginning of 2020. It is not yet known which developers are working on new generation games for the Atari VCS, but at least a good catalog of games is already ready, even if they are classic and require a subscription.
Finally, Atari showed the first photo of the Atari VCS board today, which is a strong candidate to be the one to enter production.