Atari Postpones VCS Console. Here’s Why

The Atari VCS will not be released until the end of 2019 for Americans who have supported the Indiegogo project. The commercial sale starts in 2020. The delay is due to a processor change; the VCS will receive an as yet unannounced AMD Ryzen-APU.

That’s what Atari VCS writes on Medium. Initially, the VCS would be released this spring and run on an AMD CPU from the Bristol Ridge line. Instead, the console gets a Ryzen APU with two Zen cores and Radeon Vega graphics. According to Atari, this yet unannounced chip is faster and more efficient. As a result, the console will offer higher performance, while generating less heat and noise, the claim is. The processor also has built-in support for DRM video, for example, Netflix and HBO. The console will be able to display 4k resolution.

Due to the use of the new APU, the software of the console must be adjusted. That’s why Atari expects to release it at the end of 2019 for Americans who have supported the Indiegogo project. According to an update from the parent company of Atari VCS, Atari Group, the commercial sale of the console will begin in 2020. According to the update, talks are still ongoing with distributors.

Atari writes in the future to give more updates about the console, such as more information about which games will be released and what the operating system will look like. It was previously announced that the VCS will receive support for HDR, 60 FPS gameplay and dual band WIFI. The amount of storage space can also be expanded and Bluetooth 5.0 and USB 3.0 are available.

The console, previously known as Ataribox, comes with more than a hundred classic Atari games such as Pong and Missile Command. However, this is not a console for retrogames only; according to Atari there will also be new games for the VCS. The console builder has not yet indicated which they will be nor is it known how much the console will cost at the launch.

Preorders cost 286 euros with VAT and shipping costs for the black version without controllers. For €388 with VAT and shipping costs, consumers get the black version with a joystick and controller. Joysticks and controllers can also be ordered separately.

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