Atari's Mysterious Retro-Inspired Console Begins Pre-Orders May 30

A retro-inspired console with a few new bells and whistles.


Atari will start accepting pre-sales for its retro-inspired--and still largely mysterious--Atari VCS console on May 30. The company announced today that pre-sales will be handled through Indiegogo, and customers will be able to pre-order both the black Onyx version and the limited wood-front Collector's Edition. The Onyx will start at $200 for a limited time, but no price was given for the CE. Those who sign up for email alerts through the official site by May 24 will get some bonus offers during the pre-sale. Shipments are planned to begin in Spring 2019.

The VCS features some retro throwback functionality, with both an updated version of the joystick and an included vault of more than 100 classic games. However, Atari is careful to note it isn't strictly a "retro-box" and says that it will also feature functionality for a more modern controller, and the box itself will play more modern games and streaming content.

This comes after Atari pushed back the planned launch of the Indiegogo pre-sale from December, saying that a "key element" was still missing. The new announcement doesn't detail just what that was, but it seems the company is ready to proceed now.

"We continue moving forward on the Atari VCS project and are excited to see this pre-sale kickoff and to share more updates with our fans as we look toward the first shipments," said COO Michael Arzt. "We are building outstanding teams and forging alliances that will make this product great and truly worthy of the Atari VCS name. Expert hardware partners are helping make this project possible and we couldn't be more pleased with their contributions."

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