Atari VCS Launches This Fall, Pre-Orders Now Open

The new console/PC hybrid from Atari--which has been beset by production problems for years--will finally come onto the market this fall.

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Atari has been building a new home console designed to play both classic and modern games for over three years now, and it's finally coming to store shelves later this year. Renamed from the Ataribox to the Atari VCS back in 2018--and not to be confused with the Atari 2600, which was also known as the VCS-the VCS is now available for pre-order. Orders will be filled this fall.

This new console will include a reimagining of Missile Command as a launch title called Missile Command: Recharged. Per the announcement, more games for the console will be announced soon. The system costs $300, with a $400 bundle that includes the classic joystick and modern controller. GameStop appears to have slightly different prices listed, however, with the "all-in" edition coming in at $10 cheaper.

This new VCS has been haunted by delays and issues since its announcement in 2017. The VCS was originally scheduled for release in 2019, but it was pushed back due to hardware revisions. In late 2019, the console's lead architect left the project, saying that Atari had failed to pay him what he was owed. That architect, Rob Wyatt, later filed a lawsuit against Atari.

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Is there really a market for late 70s/early 80s graphics with a $300 price tag? Atari should have just released a new AAA console to compete with the big boys. They have the IP strength. Imagine a new AVP that doesnt suck. The Atari Jaguar was amazing but never sold. They should make a follow up- the Atari Tiger.

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will it be atari 2600 1983 graphics? who would pay $300-$400 for that if it is? when you have 2020 graphics

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I can't imagine paying so much. If it was $100 I think some people would buy it for the novelty, but this is a lot of money for what it is likely to offer.

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