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Atari postpones release of VCS retro console for Indiegogo backers

Atari has postponed the release of its retro console VCS for the Indiegogo backers. They would get the console in December, but that won’t happen. They must get the game console before it is for sale to the general public in March 2020.

Atari does not tell when Indiegogo backers will get hold of the console, but it is certain that it is about ‘weeks delay and not months’. At a later moment it should be clear when backers get the console and there is also thought of an additional reward for the backers.

Initially, in 2017, it was planned that the ‘Ataribox’ would be released mid-2018. However, the crowdfunding campaign was initially postponed and then the planned release of the console was postponed several times. That because of changes to the AMD hardware, says Atari. The architect behind the VCS stepped up in October and stated that he had not been paid by Atari for six months, which, together with the repeated delay, could cast doubt on Atari’s ability to deliver the console.

The crowdfunding campaign was a success: 2.7 million euros had been raised by the end of it. The console has a starting price of $ 249.99, for which one gets the console with 4GB ram and without a controller. A package with the console and two controllers costs $ 389.99. A euro price is not known.

The console contains the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000-soc, with which a Vega 3-gpu and a Zen-cpu architecture take care of the calculations. This makes it possible, according to Atari, to play content in 4k resolutions combined with 60 images per second and hdr. With their VCS console, Atari is one of the first parties to implement this soc. Furthermore, the amount of storage space can be expanded and Bluetooth 5.0, USB 3.0, WiFi and an Ethernet connection are available.

In fact, the Atari VCS is a Linux PC with more than a hundred retro Atari games, such as Missile Command and Pong, although there will also be new games for the console. The VCS also supports a sandbox mode, so that any desired OS can be placed on the device.

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