Ataribox Console Renamed VCS

The Atari retro console has got a new name. The former Ataribox, now the VCS, will be available for pre-order from the end of this month.

Unlike many similar retro console remakes, including several Atari models, this isn’t simply a gadget with a bunch of old games. It’s a Linux-based PC that’s designed to play modern games and also be a web browser and streamer, with 4K, 60FPS and HDR display options. In effect, it’ll be a PC alternative to a full-blown games console.

The first pre-orders start on Indiegogo on May 30. Although the full details aren’t available, it appears buyers can choose between a black model and a collector’s edition that has the retro 2600-style wood casing. Depending on the package, you can get a replica of the traditional joystick, a more modern-style controller, or both.

There’ll be more than 100 classic games pre-installed, with Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Gravitar and Missile Command all included.

The final retail price still isn’t confirmed, but the first batch of backers can get it at a reduced rate of $199.

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