Atari is making a return, unveiling their new Atari VCS console.
The company was once the leader in the video game industry, offering an at-home gaming experience that was unparalleled at the time. However, the video game crash of 1983 put a huge dent in their industry standing, leading to the dominance of competitor Nintendo, and the decline of Atari as a whole.
There’s been little output from Atari over the years, with the brand rights going from company to company, but no consoles being released since 1993’s Atari Jaguar. 2017 saw the company announce a brand-new console, then named the Ataribox, which allowed the company to once again have some kind of presence in the industry – though Atari said practically nothing on what gamers could expect from the platform.
Now, however, the company has revealed a closer look at the new console, as well as confirming a change of name. Dubbed the Atari VCS, the new device will be properly shown to the public soon, with Atari giving a glimpse of the platform at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week. The console will include a classic Atari joystick, as well as a more modern controller variant.
COO of Connected Devices, Michael Arzt, reflected on the history of the company, stating: “Every person at Atari and every partner involved with the new platform is just as fanatical about the brand and its heritage as our biggest fans are.”
This reflection is very apparent in the wood finish design on the Atari VCS. As well as this, the console will apparently include both retro games and new releases, built around an open Linux OS – although the specifics of what games will be included remain to be seen.
Whatever the result, it will be interesting to see what Atari can do with this console. If they can reclaim some of the magic of the original brand, then the Atari VCS will likely have many takers – however, many gamers will likely be waiting for more details until they make a decision.
Attari will announce an official pre-order date and price next month.