The once-legendary game developer is back on the gaming scene with the Atari VCS.
It’s been almost a year since the gaming console has been unveiled. And now finally, fans can pre-order the Atari VCS via an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign. As of this writing, it has surpassed its $100,000 goal and is now at $1,885,000 and still counting!
The company has upgraded the classic console to compete with other brands. “New and classic games meet streaming media and a universe of web-powered entertainment on Atari’s first-ever connected home platform.”
It will come pre-loaded with Atari Vault, a 100-plus game collection of classic Atari games like Asteroids, Centipede and Missile Command. The company is also partnering with “leading industry partner to be announced shortly”.
The Linux-powered Atari VCS games console will come in two versions. One is the $299 “time-limited” Collector’s Edition featuring the faux wood-front panelling. The package comes with the console and a classic joystick.
The second version is the Onyx Edition which is all-black. You can buy the set (console and joystick) for $279 or just the console for $249.
As of this writing, Atari is also offering an early buyer discount for US buyers. The Onyx console is at $199 while the set has a price tag of $229.
Atari expects to begin shipping the VCS consoles in the Spring of 2019.