After some delays and a lot of confusion, Atari's retro console / set-top box thing is available for pre-order. We finally have more details on what this thing can do and apparently more people are being hype about it than we expected. On Wednesday afternoon, Indiegogo struggled to keep up with traffic.
It's been nearly a year since the Atari VCS was first teased by the holding company, which wants to revitalize the classic gaming brand. In the meantime, we've learned that the console should be more ambitious than the kind of budget nostalgia reissues that were so successful for Nintendo. Since then Atari has begun to sell a ridiculous speaker's hat and announced plans to introduce its own cryptocurrency. Meanwhile, the VCS looked more and more like vaporware. But today's pre-order campaign insists that the company plans to have the console in the hands of the players sometime in July 201
We already knew that the console box looked great, with an elegant but old school design with optional faux wood trim. We also knew that his hardware was far more than needed to mimic old Atari games. The Indiegogo page now goes into the details.
The VCS runs on the Ubuntu operating system (Linux), includes a Radeon R7 processor, a 32 GB hard drive, 4 GB DDR4 RAM and expandable memory. It connects to the Internet and supports streaming video and online multiplayer games. Voice control is provided by four front-facing microphones and two new controllers (one retro and one modern) connected via Bluetooth.
As far as the games are concerned, Atari does not reveal much, assuming they have something to reveal. "Atari Vault contains more than 100 all-time classics in their original arcade and / or 2600 formats and is ready to play as soon as you connect your TV," the company writes. Classics like Pong, Missile Command and Crystal Castles are featured in promo materials. The new Tempest 4000 is also mentioned as one of many new games available for download or streaming, but it's not promised what they cost.
Outside of Atari's own games, the company says it is "growing more and more" list of exciting independent development studio partnerships. "The list of partners announced today, however, does not contain any outstanding names, and the most generous interpretation is that Atari hopes to get more next year, and developers are encouraged to submit proposals for their game to be included in the online store and Atari is assuming an unspecified percentage of sales.
As for the console itself, your options with the wood-paneled model are pretty expensive for $ 339. Both controllers are included in this package, but come on, that's more than a Playstation 4. The cheapest option is the onyx model without a controller, available for $ 199.
To be honest, we're not more hopeful about this thing than we were six months ago, but it seems many are A lot of people had problems loading the Indiegogo page and the crowdfunding page with their issues To find payment service. Everything seems to work well now, but Atari's own side seems to bend under traffic. At the time of writing, thousands of lenders have promised just over $ 1.6 million for the campaign, which has skipped their $ 100,000 target.
The potential for hobbyists to tinker with the box and developers to do whatever they want to do on Linux could mean this thing is a lot of fun. But we are still a long way from having one in our hands, and all signs indicate that Atari is trying to bite off more than he can chew.