Atari VCS Pre-Orders Are Live, Crashing Indiegogo's Website Due To Demand

High demand has seemingly taken down the Indiegogo website.

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After being renamed earlier this year, the Ataribox--now known as the Atari VCS--is available for pre-order. This is happening not through traditional orders, however, but instead an Indiegogo campaign that has very quickly blown past its target goal.

There are a variety of purchase options available; the basic system with no controller is $249, although there are discounted early bird options (as low as $200) for those who pledge now. There are joystick and gamepad bundles also available, while both of those controllers are available on their own for $29 and $49, respectively. Additionally, you can opt for a collector's edition of the system itself that features a front panel made of real wood for a classic Atari look.

The campaign's $100,000 goal was "flexible," meaning it didn't have to be met for the company to receive the money. But that looks as if that won't be a problem, as the campaign blew past the goal within minutes, even crashing the Indiegogo website. It remains difficult to access as of this writing but has topped $500,000 in about 30 minutes. [Update: After a day, it stands at just over $2 million.]

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The campaign page--provided you can reach it--outlines what to expect from the VCS, although many questions remain. We know it comes pre-loaded with over 100 classic Atari games (either based on the arcade or 2600 versions), such as Centipede, Asteroids, and Breakout. But it will also play newer games, though just what modern titles will be available and how they'll work is something we don't know a lot about at this point. Thanks to Linux support, Atari says you'll be able to load the system with custom software and easily use a variety of PC controllers and peripherals.

This Indiegogo campaign finally launches after a previous delay and will see the first VCS units ship in mid-2019.

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I would rather buy the Atgames Atari Flashback console than the Atari VCS.

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I have a turd I will sell you for only $148 .

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300 whaaa? from a company that purchased the Atari logo/trademark. Why? have you seen or played the games from this latest "ATARI" , I'm not too impressed by their latest software offerings, and now they are trying to do hardware? Cant you just buy an atari controller that has a bunch of old games in it for like 30 bucks?

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What can this do an emulator on PC (or my phone) can't....? For that price?

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Probably just get the controller!

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wow 249.00? and people complained that 79.00 for the snes classic was too much

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I already know it won't run Crysis so I won't ask.

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I remember the Jaguar and how powerful and expensive it was. I considered saving up for one but they didn't have any games that I wanted to play and that's how it flopped imo. Good quality games will always sell consoles but Atari were too busy bragging about the power of the Jaguar and making mediocre games for it.

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They want charge you a lot money for old games stream box. 😂 this going flop hard and company go bankrupt agian RIP Atari . PS4,Xbox1, ninendo switch going destroy you .

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The Atari name has been passed around like a bad joint, everyone taking their puff over the years and realizing there's no real buzz, all smoke and baseless hype, then passing it along to the next exploiter of the brand. There hasn't been what could be remotely considered a 'legacy' Atari company since 'Atari Corp' and the Lynx/Jaguar eras - and even back then, it was the ex-Commodore founders picking up the baton. The current administration is just another brand-milking entity with an outsourced team for the 'VCS' -- and obligated to crowdfund to get anywhere.

Your mileage may vary.

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high demand? ok.

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Uh...why? A phone can run all of these games. Heck, you can run them through a browser...on a phone...from last decade.

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The price is hilarious! For that money ones can buy a xbox,ps4 or the switch

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@sladakrobot: yea but for some reason people are actually paying that price

249 for console only

29 for controllers

and 49 for a fancy controller?

atari is at it again

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They say it's a streaming service. How disappointing.

Avatar image for Xristophoros

outside of the campaign, the console will cost $250 + $50 (controller). they want to charge people $300 for a machine that will primarily be used to emulate atari roms? ludicrous price point. this will only appeal to the collector's market or 40 something year old gamers who are feeling nostalgic. when they say it will play modern games, i think they mean a select number of mobile ports or indi games... either that or new, low-spec games created specifically for the console.

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@Xristophoros: there's no way I would pay that much for one of these. Even 150 is pushing it. If I wanna play Atari games bad enough, I'll build a Raspberry Pi for less than 100 bucks and be done with it.

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@kstaggs3: agreed. there are also 2 atari flashback collections on ps4 which contain 100 atari games combined. that should be enough to satisfy most atari fans and at a fraction of the cost.

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Glad to finally see some specs, but it's definitely not a mindblowing top-tier system. But for the purported target audience of retro and indie gamers, it could work. Not sure I want to fork over $200+ for a system that isn't coming out for more than a year yet. Considering how tight-lipped they've been, and the fact they still haven't put out a games list or anything like that, I'm on the sidelines for now.

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On the one hand, I can't help but get a kick that they're styling this thing after the very first Atari system, down to the name.

On the other, I'm having a devil of a time trying to figure out why anyone would want to buy a $250 system whose only confirmed feature is "has 100 built-in classic Atari games." That Xbox-style controller with headphone jack certainly has promise (note that unlike Ouya's controller it actually has Start and Select-type buttons as well as a Home button), but I'm curious just what exactly they'll be putting on this thing that can use it.

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I don’t think even the most hardcore gamer would have ever expected to see ATARI put its hat back in the console ring. It still has a long way to go before it can even be seen as a legitimate contender, at least in comparison to the “big 3”, but any form of competition (especially from a legendary name.) is always welcome.

The big question on everyone’s mind now however is just what exactly these “new games” it mentions will mean.