The little console that could eventually exist finally has a real name. The Ataribox is now going to be known as the Atari VCS.
We still don’t know much else about it.
Sporting a spiffy new logo that leans heavily on Atari’s retro looks, the Atari VCS’s new name is so generic that it counter-acts the spiffiness.
Atari are showing prototypes of the Atari VCS with it’s classic joystick and modern controller at GDC this week. I’m not sure how much interest they’re going to drum up because I still can’t work out what the point of this thing is.
It is meant to offer a range of classic Atari games and modern titles from a range of studios to play. I’m not sure we need another product to do that.
Details on the specs are sparse. We know it’ll run on an AMD processor with Radeon graphics and that the VCS uses Linux, offering a more PC-like open experience out of a set top box like product.
It’ll also cost US$249 to US$299.
We also know that there have been setbacks and delays. At one point it was going to be released in autumn this year. That’s now. Instead Atari is going to announce a pre-order date sometime in April.