GDC 2018: Atari Introduces New Atari VCS Home Console

Yolanda Curtis
March 20, 2018

There still isn't a set-in-stone launch date for the Atari VCS, but the company says that it will announce a pre-order date sometime in April 2018. The Atari VCS will of course serve up lots of classic content, but it is so much more than a "retro-box". Today the creative minds at Atari are back with some big news!

With no word yet on if the hardware or architecture of the system has changed, judging by the images that have been showcased, the system will include two controllers, one based around a modern design (similar to that of the Xbox One controller), and one retro-inspired joystick taking clear inspiration from the Atari 2600 joystick. Countless highly-memorable game logos, illustrations, ads and packages were generated by Atari's legendary in-house Industrial Design and Graphics department during the 1970's and 80's.

Atari's push back into the console market was delayed at the end of previous year, when the company suspended its crowdfunding with minimal warning.

Atari backed away from plans to open pre-orders in December, claiming it needed more time "to create the platform and ecosystem the Atari community deserves".

The Atari VCS has a design inspired by iconic Atari products, a bit like the Atari 2600/VCS from the 70s and early 80s that is now shares a name with.

Although we do not know for sure, the hardware details, nor the pricing and availability specifics of the Ataribox yet, we know that it will be "something new that stays true to our heritage, while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari". Visit us online at

We're still awaiting full specifications, but it is understood that the console will bring a "full PC experience" to your TV. Atari didn't offer more details on the pricing, components, or other details. It was a hard decision with the countdown underway, but we weren't willing to go forward with even one thing out of alignment. Although no confirmation on the retail price has been given yet, analysts place it somewhere between $250 and $300 according to what they gleaned from the aforementioned specs. There will be a standard Atari VCS and special editions.

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