Atari has announced that Atari VCS is the official name of its new retro-inspired gaming and entertainment platform, previously known by its working title “Ataribox.” The company also shared the Atari VCS, Classic Joystick and Modern Controller prototypes at this week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, with the objective to reveal the exclusive pre-order date for the Atari VCS during the month of April 2018.
Inspired by the iconic silhouette of the original Atari 2600, the new Atari VCS has already generated considerable anticipation within the gaming community. It will serve up lots of classic content, but is more than a “retro-box” as it will run a Linux OS, with a user interface customized for the TV. It will launch with a large back-catalog of Atari classic games, and current titles from a range of studios. Additional details on content and partnerships will be released at a later date. Given the open nature of the OS, players will also be able to access and play compatible games from other content platforms.
“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.”