Atari VCS Is Official Name Of The Ataribox

Posted: Mar 20 2018, 2:22am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 9 2018, 6:01am CDT, in News | Technology News

Atari VCS is Official Name of the Ataribox

Video game brand Atari announces Atari VCS.

Atari announced on March 19 to name the new retro console Atari VCS, formerly known as Ataribox. The Atari VCS, Classic Joystick and Modern Controller prototypes will be shown to media during GDC 2018 on March 21 and 22, 2018.

Inspired by the silhouette of the original Atari 2600 Video Computer System, the new Atari VCS enables fans to play classic video games, but it is so much more than a retro game player says Atari in an announcement. It is also a completely new Atari connected device designed for today’s living room.

The new Atari VCS logo, like the new hardware itself, combines past and present, and is inspired by Atari’s rich history of progressive graphic design. Countless highly-memorable game logos, illustrations, ads, and packages were generated by Atari’s legendary in-house Industrial Design and Graphics department during the 1970’s and 80’s.

Industrial design and graphics are essential parts of the brand’s DNA and part of what makes every Atari game an adventure for the player. Today’s Atari design, engineering, software and marketing teams all endeavor to bring similar levels of care and attention to the new VCS. Atari intends its new video computer system to change the way you interact with your TV, just as the original Atari 2600 Video Computer System first did more than 40 years ago.

“Every person at Atari and every partner involved with the new platform is just as fanatical about the brand and its heritage as our biggest fans are,” explained Michael Arzt, Atari COO of Connected Devices. “With the Atari VCS name, we know how important it is to get everything completely right and that’s why we briefly paused an imminent launch late last year. It was a difficult decision with the countdown underway, but we weren’t willing to go forward with even one thing out of alignment. We hope that Atari’s fans appreciate our extreme attention to detail and are as excited about the Atari VCS as we are.”

The Atari VCS runs on a custom AMD CPU and will be open. You will be able to play retro Atari games as well as PC games. The communicated price-range is between $250 and $300. Initially, the release was planned for Spring 2018. As Atari is still in the prototype stage, a release is at the earliest in the Holiday season 2018. Atari will announce the pre-order date for the Atari VCS in April.

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