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Atari VCS new hardware platform system

atari vcs new linux hardware platform system

Atari VCS is the official new hardware platform running Linux. Hence the legendary Digital Pioneer Continues Development of New Hardware Platform. This also honors the company’s innovative video game roots. While launching a new era of interactive home entertainment.

So yes, Atari VCS is the official name. Which is the new retro-inspired gaming and entertainment platform. Previously known by its working title “Ataribox.” The company also marks this important milestone by sharing the Atari VCS controllers. A Classic Joystick and Modern Controller prototypes. Available at Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Which also means a reveal for the exclusive pre-order date. This will be available for the Atari VCS during the month of April 2018.

Inspired by the iconic silhouette of the original Atari 2600 Video Computer System. The new Linux based Atari VCS has already 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. So much more than a “retro-box.” It is a completely new Atari connected device for today’s living room.

Atari VCS Linux Hardware Platform

atari vcs new linux hardware platform

The new Atari VCS logo (top), like the new hardware itself, combines past and present. Taking inspiration from Atari’s rich history of progressive graphic design. Countless highly-memorable game logos, illustrations, ads and packages. Of course this is by Atari’s legendary in-house Industrial Design and Graphics department during the 1970’s and 80’s.

Industrial design and graphics are essential parts of the brand’s DNA. Also part of what makes every Atari game an adventure for the player. Today’s Atari design, engineering, software and marketing teams bring similar levels of care to the new VCS. 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.

atari vcs new linux classic joystick and modern controller

“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,” explained Michael Arzt, Atari COO of Connected Devices. “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.”

In addition to unveiling the official name and logo. Atari will be shifting all branding and communications channels to reflect the Atari VCS name. Fans and followers can sign up for email alerts at and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

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