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Atari re-opens pre-orders for VCS console starting at $249.99

By Shawn Knight · 11 replies
Jun 11, 2019
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  1. Atari at E3 on Tuesday announced a distribution deal with GameStop and Walmart for the company’s upcoming VCS console.

    The Atari VCS first went up for pre-order more than a year ago on Indiegogo, raising roughly $3 million in the process. Those systems are still on track to be delivered in late 2019, we’re told.

    The new batch of consoles is offered in multiple configurations with availability based on where you pre-order from. The entry-level VCS 400 packs an AMD processor with embedded Vega graphics and 4GB of RAM. It’ll set you back $249.99. The Atari VCS 800, meanwhile, with 8GB of RAM goes for $279.99 while an “all-in” system bundle with a gamepad and a joystick commands $389.99.

    The gamepad and joystick are also available separately, priced at $59.99 and $49.99, respectively.

    According to CNET, the retro black walnut design will be available exclusively from Atari. GameStop will be selling the all-black onyx design while Walmart will stock a version with gold accents on the front.

    The systems pre-ordered from Indiegogo are still scheduled for delivery in late 2019, we’re told. This new wave of consoles won’t be available until March 2020. Look for pre-orders to open sometime this week (they aren't available as of this writing).

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  2. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,253   +699

    Don't tell me this is several hundred dollars to just play classic Atari games?
    ziffel66 likes this.
  3. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 831   +729

    If you already have the carts, just buy the Hyperkin RetroN 77 for $60.
  4. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 599   +281

    Given what's going to be on offer, no it isn't. Biased reporting much?
    Maybe you missed a few important details about the system. Old classic Atari games don't need a Ryzen CPU with Vega GPU to run. So what do you think that performance power is for? Could it be new title offerings for a new platform? I think maybe so..
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2019
  5. etempest

    etempest TS Member Posts: 19

    "A tough sell, even for a veteran company like Atari"
    The current Atari is from 2001, not the original from 1972.
    Now, when if your talking about brand recognition, different story.
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  6. ziffel66

    ziffel66 TS Member Posts: 23   +15

    $400 to play ... what exactly?
  7. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Guru Posts: 414   +265

    I think you're overly optimistic about this. Sony thought their classic console would sell well at a high price and it definitely did not do well. In fact, lots of stores are discounting them just to get them off the shelves. If Sony has an issue making their beloved classic system sell, there's no chance Atari does well with this.

    Lets just pretend you're right and they are coming out with new titles. Why haven't they mentioned anything about them? It's because the system is not for new titles. Marketing the system's ability to play newer games would be incredibly important and there isn't a chance they would just not say anything about it before announcing this system.

    They are not making this for newer games. They are making this to try to capture the same audience buying classic consoles right now. The thing is, no one in their right mind would pay that much for this system.
  8. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 599   +281

    How do you equate $400 when the article and Atari state $250. Did I miss something?
    Opinion. I'm not sure I'm going to get one, but I'm also not going to dismiss something that has potential to be very cool before anyone has actually seen it.
    There's bad comparison. Sony's system failed for many reason. For starters, the included games were lacking for the most part, with no way to add more without hacking the system. Then the emulator they selected with not an optimal choice and then was poorly configured as well as the SOC they chose for the system was wildly underpowered for the tasks being asked of it. This new Atari however is not going to be underpowered and will have an expandable library. So for $250? Yeah could be cool.
    That only shows the assumptions you are making. Doesn't say anything about Atari. And how about let them announce when they're ready? That sounds good to me.
    They're making this for games, old and new. Clearly you have a negative bias. Have fun with that, eh?
  9. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,547   +439

    From the article:
    So that is -almost- $400, if you throw a second of either two controllers (for a matching pair, some people care about that I guess) you exceed $400. *shrug*
  10. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 599   +281

    Ah, ok.
  11. Fuzzy Dunalap

    Fuzzy Dunalap TS Member Posts: 17   +19

    If I go all in, I get an Linux OS and 80s Atari games (pass).

    It seems like a nice NUC honestly. I'll pick it up once it hits the clearance shelf at Wally World, heh heh.
  12. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 599   +281

    But that's not all the system will/can do.
    That' a silly way of thinking.

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