Atari is a name that’s transcended the limits of its days atop the video game industry, known by millions of video gaming enthusiasts who weren’t even born when its wood grained consoles were the centerpieces of household entertainment. 2018’s rebirth of the gaming giant finally has a name, the Atari VCS.
Inspired by the iconic silhouette of the original Atari 2600 Video Computer System, the new Atari VCS has already generated considerable excitement within the gaming community. The Atari VCS will serve up lots of classic content, but the company is touting it as more than a “retro-box.” While we’ll find out more about the systems specs and capabilities in a few days at Game Developers Conference in Northern California, we do know the company has claimed this new system will not only be loaded with many classic Atari games but also act as a conduit to current entertainment services alongside new games in the works from publishing giants.
The ode to the Atari 2600 system looks to put the company back in the video game arms race. Atari also released a statement regarding the new system’s delay from its targeted 2017 launch.
“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.”
Today also marked the first showing of the system’s controller options with one more inline with an Xbox controller and another that looks like it time traveled from the 1970’s.
We’ll have more details from Atari on what to expect in the coming weeks including when early adopters can pre-order the system this April.