Good News! You Can Order The Atari VCS This Month, But…

Good News! You Can Order The Atari VCS This Month, But…


Pre-Orders for the Atari VCS go live on May 30th but early adopters will have to wait until 2019 for units to ship.

Atari really are making fans wait for their first new console since the Jaguar in 1993. A pre-order date was originally set for December 2017, but the crowdfunding campaign for what was then known as ‘Ataribox’ was pulled at the eleventh hour.

Now it seems the manufacturers are happy with the hardware infrastructure and will finally open up pre-orders for the Atari VCS on Indiegogo this May 30th.


Atari VCS Logo


The linux-powered unit will provide PC gaming alongside classic games from Atari’s catalogue as well as giving users a state of the art multimedia experience. In an announcement email Atari gives a brief outline of the specs:

“A completely modern connected device, the new VCS was designed in California by Atari. The company is partnered with AMD, who provides the VCS custom processor with Radeon Graphics Technology. The Atari VCS platform will offer support for 4K resolution, HDR and 60FPS content, onboard and expandable storage options, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as USB 3.0 support.”


Atari VCS

Atari VCS with wood effect veneer

Earliest adopters will have the opportunity to lay down cash for “The Limited Atari VCS Collector’s Edition Special Retro-Inspired Wood Front and Certificate of Authenticity”. Other early bird offers will be available for the Atari VCS Onyx, an all plastic version of the console. Prices start at $199.00.


Ataribox Plastic

Atari VCS Onyx

Worryingly units may not come with controllers as the email states “Updated Classic Joystick and Modern Controller Also Available to Order”. Which sounds a bit cheap if that is the case.

Whilst pre-orders open on May 30th, backers of the Indiegogo campaign will have to wait almost a full year to get hands-on with the console as Engadget reports that the expected shipping date is sometime in Spring 2019.

Register your interest in the Atari VCS at Indiegogo. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and show how interested you are with our hype-o-meter.




Will Harrison

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