Why Play PS4 When You Can Play Atari?

Yes, you read that right. Atari is back with new hardware. The IndieGoGo campaign is now live and has been fully funded as of a couple hours after going live. There have been many questions surrounding the Atari VCS, and we can now finally put those to rest.

Let’s not beat around the bush. Here are the specs of the console:

Specification* Measurement 
Unit Dimensions 14.5″ x 5.3″ x 1.6″
Unit Weight 3 lbs.
Materials Plastic, Metal, Wood
Operating System Linux OS based on Ubuntu (Linux Kernel 4.10)
Compatible Systems Linux
Power Low TDP architecture – Less Heat & Noise
Connections HDMI 2.0, 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 4xUSB 3.0
External Inputs Classic Joystick, Modern Controller, Microphone
Storage 32GB eMMC, external HD, SD card
Memory 32GB eMMC
CPU Bristol Ridge A10
GPU Radeon R7
HDCP Integration HDCP 2.2
Second Screen (Screencasting) Yes
Cloud Storage Yes. Additional Service Offering
Required Internet Connection Not for classic gaming but required to access all features
Cross Game Chat Skype, Discord, etc.
Voice Commands 4-front facing mic array
Subscription Needed? No. Includes cloud and other services.
Live Streaming Yes with Twitch.tv
Mouse & Keyboard Support Yes

This console doesn’t have incredible specs, but it’s enough to play a lot of games. Surprisingly, it is powerful enough to play Grand Theft Auto 5. Though, not beautifully, it can still run with low settings. It has Cloud Storage so it might work like the PS4 in that area. If you are unfamiliar with how the PS4 cloud system works, you can upload and download any save files of games. It comes in handy when installing a new hard drive in your system or you got a new system. The VCS doesn’t have a disc drive so everything will be purchased from an online storefront.


The system looks absolutely beautiful with its black casing and that wonderful wood grain on the front panel. It is a very nice nod to the roots of Atari consoles. There are some accessories that you can use with the VCS. It has a traditional, modern controller as well as a throwback joystick. Below, you can see what everything will look like:



I personally cannot wait to see what Atari can do with this little machine and what kind of games will be released for the system. If you would like to donate to the development of the Atari VCS, you can do that here. If you would like to see more information on the system, you can watch the campaign video here:

What do you think about Atari re-entering the market? Think it’s a good idea? Are you excited about the VCS? Let us know below!

(all sources were taken from the IndieGoGo page)

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