Atari VCS Officially Coming To Australia

August 16, 2020

Atari is very much a different company than it was back in its heydey in the 70s and 80s. For years they’ve seemingly been nothing more than a licensing or port studio, bringing their classic games to new platforms for those nostalgic for the games of yesteryear or looking to catch up on the gaming past they’d missed. Today, Atari is a different beast again, running a successful crowd-funding campaign for a new console and even announcing an Atari-themed hotel. Now, we’ve received confirmation that the crowdfunded Atari VCS console will officially be releasing in Australia in 2020.

The Atari VCS is a classically styled mini-PC/console, built to be relatively flexible to your needs. By default, it will play a myriad of classic Atari games, with 100 games such as Asteroids and Centipede included with the console for free, but you can also install your own OS on it and run it like a mini-PC. The console will also support Antstream Arcade, a streaming service with over 1000 classic arcade games for you to play. If you decide to run the Atari VCS as a mini-PC, the console comes with an AMD Raven Ridge 2 APU and 8gb of DDR4 ram (which is expandable), however the specific details of the APU aren’t currently available. However, given the Raven Ridge series of APUs are based on the Ryzen product line, it won’t be a slouch, but maybe don’t expect it to run high end games at full-spec.

The Atari VCS will release in November at a price of $699.95 for the base console with no controllers (you can use your own PC controllers and peripherals) or $849.95 for the All-In bundle which includes a controller and joystick. For more information, check out the official website.