Though it may have faced numerous delays and even a lawsuit, the Atari VCS is on the verge of actually releasing this time around. Originally announced back in 2017 as the Ataribox, then re-revealed as the Atari VCS in 2018, the system will be launching on December 14th, just in time for Christmas. Pre-orders have also gone live in North America, where the VCS 800 is available at either GameStop or Walmart. It'll set you back $389.99, though GameStop is offering it for $10 cheaper. The Atari VCS 800 comes with a standard controller and a retro joystick, while the console features 8GB of DDR4 RAM, of which can be upgraded, along with a Ryzen processor.
The Atari VCS 800 Onyx All In Bundle includes the Atari VCS 800 Onyx Base as well as the Classic Joystick and Modern Controller. The Atari VCS 800 comes with 8GB RAM that is fully upgradeable and users will experience an ever-expanding Atari world of all-new games, classic and remastered favorites, streaming multimedia and personal apps; or can easily make their own. The powerful AMD Ryzen processor featuring Radeon Graphics Technology can handle it all, including 4K HDR streaming, while the all-new Atari Classic Joystick and Atari Modern Controller make everything easy and fun. Expand the storage of your Atari VCS and unlock the open Sandbox with a USB drive. Retail Exclusive to Gamestop. Made in USA.
- PLAY: Discover new and classic games on Atari's new open platform, powered by AMD Ryzen with Radeon Graphics Technology.
- STREAM:Watch your favorite web-based streaming videos and entertainment, and play games at up to 4K resolution and 60fps.
- CREATE: Develop new TV-based games and apps for yourself, your family, or to share with the Atari VCS community.
- PERSONALIZE:With Atari VCS "Sandbox Mode," unlock freedom and versatility you can't get with any other home entertainment system.
Atari boasts that their system will have over 100 retro games bundled in at launch, running on Atari World, a Linux-based operating system, though it will also allow you to install "any OS" in the VCS's "PC mode". There's 32GB of storage on board, with the option to plug in external USB drives to expand it. If you want to buy the system itself, with no extras, you can pre-order it for $279.99, while either controller will retail for $59.99.