The long-awaited Atari VCS retro console may also end up being a decent productivity device. Atari announced today that the system will feature Google Chrome as its built in browser, allowing you to access websites and the full suite of Google Workspace apps, like Chrome, Docs and Meet, from your couch. The Atari VCS will also support most major PC accessories, which includes webcams along with the usual keyboard and mice. The Chrome integration isn't a huge stretch from the console's existing feature set though. Atari had previously announced that you can also run PC operating systems from the VCS, including Windows, Linux and ChromeOS.
Information has been trickling out about the Atari VCS, formerly the Ataribox, since we first heard about it last summer. Pre-orders and a launch date have constantly been in flux. That changes today, as the Atari VCS is now available for pre-sale on Indiegogo, with an expected ship date somewhere in the middle of 2019. Two variants of the console are being offered, and they don't come cheap. The Day One Collector's Edition is $339, but the "early bird pricing" is $299.
The Atari VCS, a new video game system that plays 100-plus games originally played on the '70s console, is due in spring 2019. Pre-orders starting at $199 begin May 30. The retro video game trend is gaining extra life. Just as a rebooted Atari is set to begin taking pre-orders Wednesday for a modern version of its classic '70s video game system, Atari's old rival Intellivision is re-emerging, too. Originally introduced in 1980 by Mattel, the Intellivision video game system battled it out in the market with the Atari 2600.
Despite the pandemic, it's been a pretty great year for video game hardware. Microsoft launched the Xbox Series X, a powerful obelisk packing a 12-teraflop GPU, and the smaller Series S, which can run games natively at 1440p resolution. Sony, meanwhile, released the PlayStation 5 and a cheaper Digital Edition that doesn't come with a disc drive. Both companies are struggling with stock shortages at the moment and a number of user-reported hardware issues. Still, it's a minor miracle that neither Sony nor Microsoft was forced to delay their next-gen launch.
The Atari VCS, a new video game system that plays 100-plus games originally played on the '70s console, is due in spring 2019. Pre-orders starting at $199 begin May 30. As video game fans get excited about PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch games during this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), a classic name is poised for a comeback. Atari announced Tuesday its VCS video game system will open up for preorders this week, with retailers GameStop and Walmart serving as exclusive partners. Pricing for the console starts at $249.99, with a top price of $389.99 for system bundles, reads a press release from Atari.