The much beloved entertainment company Atari has finally announced the official name and rough pre-order date for its retro mini-console, earlier known as the Ataribox. They just revealed that its upcoming gaming system is going to be known as the Atari VCS, just as the original Atari VCS 2600 whose style and design it mimics.
The Atari VCS – or Video Computer System- signifies a revival of the arcade game company’s classic entertainment console from the seventies. Atari will seemingly launch two versions of the console – one inspired by the original model and another more modern looking red and black version.
Besides the name, Atari announced that it would debut the Classic Joystick and Modern Controller prototypes along with the console itself with the press at the Game Developers Conference this week in San Francisco. They are seeking to generate a little bit of hype prior to revealing the exclusive pre-order date in April.
“Every person at Atari and every partner involved with the new platform is just as fanatical about the brand and its heritage as our biggest fans are. With the Atari VCS name, we know how important it is to get everything completely right and that’s why we briefly paused an imminent launch late last year. It was a difficult decision with the countdown underway, but we weren’t willing to go forward with even one thing out of alignment. We hope that Atari’s fans appreciate our extreme attention to detail and are as excited about the Atari VCS as we are.” stated Michael Arzt, Atari’s Chief of Connected Device.
Atari’s latest statement did not contain too many new details about the console. Most probably it is still based on an AMD processor of some kind and may run some kind of Atari-branded Linux. The company claims that the Atari VCS is “so much more than a retro-box” and that it can provide modern PC games and streaming movie content along with the classic games you would count on from an Atari system.