The Atari VCS home gaming entertainment system now available


After 40 years, a new Atari console — the Atari VCS — is finally available for purchase. Inspired by the iconic Atari 2600 Video Computer System, the Atari VCS is a home gaming entertainment system that is “Inspired by the past. Built for the future.”

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While today’s consoles, like the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, can play games and stream media, the latest console from Atari takes things a step further. In addition to playing games, like over 100 free arcade and Atari 2600 classics, and stream media using the smartphone companion app, gamers can install Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, or even SteamOS in the optional PC mode, turning it into a fully-featured mini-PC.

Atari VCS home gaming entertainment system bundle with modern controller and joystick
The Atari VCS home gaming entertainment system bundle.

Full specifications of the Atari VCS include:

APUAMD Raven Ridge 2 (RG1606G)
Storage32GB eMMC fixed internal; internal M.2 SSD slot; unlimited external USB HD/stick; cloud (subscription required)
RAM8GB DDR4 RAM (upgradable)
Wireless connectionsWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4/5GHz, Bluetooth 4.0
Wired connectionsHDMI 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 4x USB 3.1
USB 3.1 ports2x front, 2x rear
External inputsHDMI 2.0, Gigabit Internet
Mouse & keyboard supportYes, USB or Bluetooth
4K video with HDCP 2.2Yes
Internet connection requiredYes
Operating systemsAtari Custom Linux OS (Debian based)
Compatible systemsLinux, Windows, SteamOS, Chrome OS
MaterialsPlastic, metal, wood
Dimensions11.6″ x 5.9″ x 1.9″ (approx)
Weight3 lbs (approx)

Online ordering is now open for the all-new Atari VCS PC/console hybrid gaming system and its accessories at Best BuyGameStopMicro Center, and the official Atari VCS website in the United States. The base system retails for US$299 while a bundle with a modern controller and classic joystick is available for $399. The controller and joystick can also be purchased separately for $59.99 each.

What do you think about the Atari VCS? Now that it’s finally available, are you going to be picking one up? Let us know on Twitter, MeWe, or any of the social media sites below.

Last Updated on June 16, 2021.

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