Atari Officially Unveils The Atari VCS

By Mike Sousa on March 20, 2018, 1:46PM EDT

Atari has announced that "Atari VCS" is the official name of its new retro-inspired gaming and entertainment platform, previously known by its working title "Ataribox".

Inspired by the iconic silhouette of the original Atari 2600 Video Computer System, the new Atari VCS has already generated considerable excitement within the gaming community. Its skillful blend of modern lines and reverential details, combined with contemporary content technology and new innovation, has evoked positive reactions from Atari fans both new and old.

The Atari VCS will of course serve up lots of classic content, but it is so much more than a "retro-box". It is a completely new Atari connected device designed for today’s living room. Atari intends its new video computer system to change the way you interact with your TV, just as the original Atari 2600 Video Computer System first did more than 40 years ago.

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.

Michael Arzt, Atari COO of Connected Devices

The Atari VCS, Classic Joystick and Modern Controller prototypes will be shown during GDC 2018 on March 21 and 22, 2018. The Atari VCS will be available to pre-order in April.

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