Nostalgia is all the rage these days and is often used as a marketing tool, particularly in the video game world. Arcade themed bars are popping up all over the place as fans continue to enjoy playing classic titles such as Mario Kartand Sonic The Hedgehog ahead of modern releases. Both Nintendo and Sega have cashed in on this trend, releasing miniature versions of their best selling consoles, the Super Nintendo and Sega Megadrive. The latest manufacturer to get on board the trend is Atari who is set to release their first console in over two decades next year.
The Atari VCS is a retro-inspired gaming system with a sleek design reminiscent of the original Atari 2600. The console is said to allow users to play both classic and modern games as well as promising online capabilities and support for 4Kresolution.
Talk of the console first came to light last year when a campaign was launched on fundraising site IndieGoGo for the creation of the Ataribox, now known as the Atari VCS. Atari was looking to raise $100,000 and hit that goal in record time, with funding currently at over $1,800,000 with one month still left.
What sets Atari VCS apart from your standard console is its ability to not only play games but also feature media and streaming content other consoles don’t have access to. The system runs on a custom Linux operating system that is different from other consoles and allows greater customisation and software options.
There are two Atari VCS models available for a limited pre-order period now via the Indiegogo website, although both won’t be shipped until mid-2019. The standard Atari VCS Onyx is completely black with a red Atari logo on the front panel and can be purchased with both the classic joystick and modern controller for US$319. The Atari VCS Collectors Edition also comes with both controller and joystick but features a wooden front panel with a white Atari logo for US$339.
While this all sounds great what’s really going to get gamers excited is the selection of titles available, and by all accounts, it’s a doozy of a list. The Atari VCS is set to include over 100 classic arcade and Atari 2600 games ready to play once you connect the system to your television. Although the full list of games hasn’t been released yet, favourites Pong, Centipede, Asteroidsand Breakoutare all set to be included.
The absence of any hardware specs and details regarding the consoles actual capabilities aside from playing games is a slight concern, but considering the amount of pre orders for the system so far, the nostalgia factor has already made the Atari VCS a winner.