1. 5,511

    51
    Front-page
    atari VCS.png
    Atari's take on retro console rehash, the Atari VCS, just had more games added to its library. Breaking radio-silence on its crowd-funded console, Atari today announced its partnership with retro game streaming platform Antstream in the form of an enhanced and exclusive “Atari Edition” of Antstream’s streaming service to the Atari VCS console.

    Available at launch, the exclusive Antstream Arcade Atari VCS app will offer 50 classic Atari titles, with additional games added on a steady basis (the full list of games has not been made available at the time of writing but some titles to expect are Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja, Double Dragon, Jumpman, Metal Slug, Adventure, Night Driver, Pong, Tempest 2000, and Yars’ Revenge). In addition to an existing library of 2,000+ officially licensed games, the exclusive Antstream Arcade Atari VCS app will include the largest collection of Atari games available on demand, in both original and enhanced edition formats, curated from across the brand’s many arcade, home, and handheld platforms.

    What's interesting is what Atari and Antstream call "enhanced game editions" boasting new functionality such as multiplayer and “pure” unmodified versions of classic Atari games. In addition, Atari and Antstream Arcade will deliver a constant flow of all-new creative social challenges to engage and incentivize fans to experience their favorite retro games "in unique ways".

    Antstream Arcade titles will also be compatible with the Atari VCS Classic Joystick and Atari VCS Modern Controller, including rumble and LED lighting effects.

    “Antstream Arcade is a perfect partner for Atari and its fans,” said Atari CEO Frédéric Chesnais. “Anstream’s offering lets players instantly access a vast library of games, including many Atari titles that have not been available for streaming before now."

    console.jpg

    The Antstream Arcade app for the Atari VCS offers a 30-day free trial, with subscription options available for $9.99(US)/month or $7.99(US)/month (total $95.88) for a yearly subscription.

    Shipping for the Atari VCS is scheduled to begin March 2020.

    :arrow: SOURCE: GBAtemp Inbox
     
    lordelan likes this.
  2. Discussion (51 replies)

  3. Essasetic

    Essasetic General Spectator
    Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2018
    Messages:
    1,570
    Country:
    United Kingdom
  4. DANTENDO

    DANTENDO I Won year sub Edge mag 1996 hot topic digitiser
    Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2019
    Messages:
    2,680
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    But we all want jaguar 2
     
  5. sTo0z

    sTo0z GBAtemp Fan
    Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2004
    Messages:
    300
    Country:
    United States
    Oof. Streaming old games as a monthly sub, that's not going to go well.
     
  6. the_randomizer

    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer
    Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2011
    Messages:
    30,115
    Country:
    United States
    Yeah there is a lot of controversy and piss poor PR regarding this, even their reddit and subreddit mods have been going after people who dare critique the console and its lack of existence. Yeah, it's not looking so good for Atari.



    Yeah, and the fact they don't refund people who crowdfunded this? Total douche move, I hope they go under and burn.


    Ooh streaming games, wow, I can't to play games I can't own!
     
  7. Jiehfeng

    Jiehfeng Netti Netti
    Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Messages:
    5,171
    Country:
    Sri Lanka
    If this system somehow gets hacked, there will still be people who would use the streaming service, cause they're goody two shoes. ;o;
     
    Reynardine likes this.
  8. the_randomizer

    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer
    Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2011
    Messages:
    30,115
    Country:
    United States
    That's just going to enable companies to half-arse and put no effort. Wow, streaming games only, that'll go well with bandwidth caps!
     
  9. Jiehfeng

    Jiehfeng Netti Netti
    Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Messages:
    5,171
    Country:
    Sri Lanka
    Good for internet companies, this stuff goes hand in hand lol.
     
  10. the_randomizer

    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer
    Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2011
    Messages:
    30,115
    Country:
    United States
    Screw bandwidth caps, Comcast is especially douchey with them, 1 TB is the cap, and to get unlimited is an extra 40 dollars/month. Yeah right, screw that. Streaming only gaming can die in a dumpster fire for all I care.

    4K 60 fps streaming adds up very very quickly.
     
    Voyambar and DRAGONBALLVINTAGE like this.
  11. sarkwalvein

    sarkwalvein There's hope for a Xenosaga port.
    Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2007
    Messages:
    8,065
    Country:
    Germany
    Atari Vaporware Console System.
     
    Voyambar, matt!, DarthDub and 5 others like this.
  12. Jiehfeng

    Jiehfeng Netti Netti
    Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Messages:
    5,171
    Country:
    Sri Lanka
    Yeah that's what I'm saying, it's business from extra data, I'm no advocate here. :P
     
  13. the_randomizer

    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer
    Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2011
    Messages:
    30,115
    Country:
    United States
    Of course, I get it, but dang if it's not an asinine concept. If there were no caps, and if streaming gaming was free, I wouldn't object. However, like the abortive Google Stadia (which requires a subscription AND paying for each game on top of that), it's a stupid idea. The difference between this and Netflix, is Netflix is a flat rate, you can access everything without paying more than the service fee. But no, they just HAD to screw you over. Yeah, I hope it fails hard.
     
    Voyambar likes this.
  14. Jiehfeng

    Jiehfeng Netti Netti
    Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Messages:
    5,171
    Country:
    Sri Lanka
    Fully agree, as long as you meant "streaming gaming was free" as in in terms of internet. There should be a change in the internet industry first tbh, but charging for games additionally is indeed bonkers.
     
    the_randomizer likes this.
  15. Kraken_X

    Kraken_X Advanced Member
    Newcomer

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2018
    Messages:
    91
    Country:
    United States
    Every Atari 2600 game ever made can all fit easily on a 1.4MB floppy disk. The average photo on the internet is larger in file size than the entire Atari collection. How can they justify a streaming service for $10 a month?

    On the upside, I guess there is finally a streaming service that could work well over dial up. Not that they will optimize it well enough to do so...
     
  16. Jiehfeng

    Jiehfeng Netti Netti
    Member

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Messages:
    5,171
    Country:
    Sri Lanka
    Did you check the website? 4K 60fps for one, I assume it's something different, unless it's just using an emulator that upscales. And there's the convenience thing and the OS, again, just saying. https://atarivcs.com/
     
  17. DANTENDO

    DANTENDO I Won year sub Edge mag 1996 hot topic digitiser
    Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2019
    Messages:
    2,680
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Dial up I havnt heard those two words together for 20 years:lol:
     
  18. sarkwalvein

    sarkwalvein There's hope for a Xenosaga port.
    Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2007
    Messages:
    8,065
    Country:
    Germany
    Please understand. They need to maintain, clean and oil up the server's floppy drive.
     
  19. thedrev

    thedrev Member
    Newcomer

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2015
    Messages:
    22
    Country:
    France
    This project has been promoted by legendary game developer Jon Burton.
    I hope that they will found their target audience, but I sadly doubt it, for all the reasons commented on his channel at the time.
     
  20. Mythical

    Mythical GBAtemp Addict
    Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2017
    Messages:
    2,009
    Country:
    United States
    My ISP has a minimum of $70 a month for internet unless you get a shitty cable bundle (which looks nice and cheaper until you realize it's bundles with really shitty internet compared to paying for just internet). So it's basically great internet or nothing
     
  21. jt_1258

    jt_1258 Ella
    Member

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2016
    Messages:
    2,855
    Country:
    United States
    well, in particular, the people on the atari team who where made mods where, and when they where found to be doing that they got banned from there own reddit. rightfully so. one should not abuse power to silence criticism
     
    Reynardine likes this.
Loading...

Hide similar threads Similar threads with keywords - partnership, announces, Antstream