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Atari is back

The most successful video game console of the eighties returns in a new form. Atari says its new VCS console will not only focus on games: word is we get a complete PC if we buy it.

Written by: Márk Szolomayer

For many, Atari is nothing else but a cool logo on T-shirts: this is what the brand is trying to change right now. The company peaked 40 years ago, but couldn’t keep up with the development and the changes of the market, even though they developed the most popular and successful video games of all times, including Pac-Man, Space Invaders or Pong, amongst others.

Now Atari joins the renaissance of retro consoles that has been going on for some years now. The process started in 2017: this is when Super Nintendo was released again, of course in a new, updated version. It was followed by PlayStation Classic, trying to bring Sony’s first generation console to life, with not too much success.

Atari goes a step even further, beyond reinventing the gaming console: VCS owners can play with the hundred games pre-installed on the device, while also getting a complete multimedia unit on top. Which means that we get a PC, Netlfix and a personal assistant in a console with very fine design.

In terms of design, the console draws on the original 2600 model greatly. Of course one doesn’t have to deal with cassettes if they want to play: in addition to the pre-installed 100 games, users will also be able to install Linux or Windows operation systems on external storage.


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