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Four decades after the launch of the Atari 2600, it appears that the gaming company has "still go it". Yesterday, Atari opened up preorders for its VCS console, and things got off to an incredible start.  When we posted our initial article yesterday afternoon, Atari had racked up $1.7 million dollars in funding via Indiegogo from 6,526 backers. Nearly 24 hours later, those figures have swollen to nearly $2.2 million from 8,300 backers. Needless to say, Atari crushed its "flexible goal" of just $100,000. Shortly after preorders opened, Indiegogo was having trouble keeping up with... Read more...
May 30th is here, which means that Atari VCS preorders are now open. You can preorder the console via Indiegogo for as little as $199 (in Onyx), which will get you just the console and no accessories. You'll have to pay an additional $30 to get a bundle with the Classic Joystick. You can preorder the VCS Collector's Edition with old school [real] woodgrain trim across the front for $299, which comes with a Classic Joystick. For those that want to go all-out, you can get the VCS Collector's Edition with Classic Controller and Modern Controller for $339. You can... Read more...
Ted Dabney (left) and Nolan Bushnell (right) With A Pong Cabinet, Alongside Fred Marincic And Al Alcorn Ted Dabney, a video game pioneer and one of the co-founders of Atari, has died after having just recently celebrated his 81st birthday. News of this death sent a ripple through social media after Dabney's friend and video games historian Leonard Herman posted the unfortunate news update on Facebook. Apparently Dabney had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer in late 2017 and was given less than a year to live, according to Eurogamer. Born in San Francisco, California in 1937, Dabney enlisted... Read more...
Atari announced today that preorders for its Video Computer System (VCS), which was originally called the Ataribox, will kick off on May 30th. The initial preorders will take place exclusively through the Indiegogo platform. Atari offered up some clarification on the retro-inspired woodgrain finish for the VCS, which has been shown prominently in press photos. According to the company, this version will be known as the Atari VCS Collector's Edition and will be offered on a time-limited basis during the preorder period. If the woodgrain trim is not to your liking, there's an Onyx version... Read more...
When Atari first announced the Ataribox  last summer, gamers that are into all things retro were rightfully excited. The forthcoming console even looked like the Atari that gamers of the '80s grew up with. Not long after, likely many folks got a bit worried when pre-orders were delayed in December, with some fearing the entire project could be nothing more than vaporware. However, as the Ataribox draws a bit closer to prime time, it has undergone a name change to the Atari VCS. We already knew that the Atari VCS would have an AMD APU inside with integrated Radeon graphics and would... Read more...
What was once known as the Ataribox has a new name: Atari VCS. The new gaming console from Atari is based on PC hardware -- specifically, an AMD APU that has integrated Radeon graphics. The Atari VCS, or Video Computer System, harkens back to the Atari 2600, and is available with faux woodgrain trim (if you really want to go retro) and a rather familiar chassis design. The console runs Linux and come preloaded with "tons of classic Atari retro games" while at the same time being capable of delivering a "full PC experience for the TV." And given its modern hardware, the Atari VCS will be capable... Read more...
Atari has just announced something that will surprise all the gamers out there who grew up on its consoles and games. The company made a big unveil today and while it's not a new console or game, Atari will actually be minting its own new type of cryptocurrency. The new altcoin type will be called "Atari Token" and no, it isn’t trying to take on Bitcoin. Atari Token won't be worth real money apparently, however, it will be used on a new digital entertainment platform to buy content like video games, music, and movies. The deal was inked by Atari SA, the French firm now holding all Atari... Read more...
Atari has been trickling out information on its Ataribox gaming console for the past year, and we thought that were getting closer to an official launch. After all, the company announced earlier this week that pre-orders for the Ataribox would launch today, December 14th. However, that pronouncement appears to have been too good to be true. The gaming company announced this morning that the Indiegogo launch has been "officially paused". Interestingly, the company indicates via an emailed statement, "Because of one key element on our checklist, it is taking more time to create the platform and ecosystem... Read more...
Atari is one of the most recognizable brands in gaming, even if it has changed hands numerous times since it was founded in 1972. While the glory days might be squarely in the company's rear view mirror, Atari is still releasing products, most notably a retro game console that is hitting Indiegogo later this week, and a Bluetooth ball cap that is currently on sale. Why Bluetooth, you ask? For the speakers, of course! While Atari's speakerhat sounds like an April Fool's Day gag, it's not. The speakerhat is an actual product, and a pricey one at that—$100 right now, and that's the sale price.... Read more...
Retro gaming is all the rage right now, fueled in large part by Nintendo's NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition game consoles, both of which are incredibly scarce (in relation to demand). But before the original versions of those miniaturized modern remakes materialized, there was the Atari 2600, the console that really put in-home gaming on the map. It too is getting a rebirth of sorts in the form of the Ataribox, which will be available to pre-order on Indiegogo starting on Thursday, December 14. We have been hearing about the Ataribox for several months now, and little by little, new... Read more...
As we inch closer to the release of the retro-tastic Ataribox, more details regarding the console are being revealed. At this point, we know the device will be powered by a custom AMD-built SoC, it runs on Linux, we’ve seen its wood-clad aesthetic, and know that a plethora of Atari classics will be available on the console. Today, we can also give you a glimpse of the Ataribox’s controllers, or at least, one type of Ataribox controller (we think). The Ataribox harkens back to the original Atari 2600, which helped pioneer in-home, living room gaming. For those of you that may not have... Read more...
Gaming pioneer Atari is getting into the hardware business with its Ataribox, a retro-themed game console with modern guts. The physical design pays homage to the original Atari 2600, a video game console released four decades ago this month, only it is sleeker and does not accept game cartridges. Instead, the Ataribox runs Linux and is powered by an AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) to deliver a "full PC experience for the TV." The Ataribox team posted a handful of new images of the upcoming console, and also shared a bit more about the game system. With Linux at the core, it will feature... Read more...
Anyone who watched Saturday morning TV back in the late '80s will remember the KitKat commercials that flooded the airwaves. The commercial that most sticks out from that period is the one with the dude balancing all the things on his head as the "Give Me A Break" song plays. KitKat might be crispy, creamy and meant for sharing but Nestle, the maker of KitKat, has landed in hot water with Atari for using the look, feel, and name of a classic Atari game without permission. Atari has filed a suit that accuses Nestle of knowingly exploiting the look and feel of the 1970s game Breakout. This was one... Read more...
Early last week, Atari finally revealed to the world the [hopefully] final design of its Ataribox gaming console. Pulling from some retro design cues that were introduced with the decade’s-old Atari 2600 console, the smallish box will do battle with the likes of the Nintendo NES Classic and SNES Classic in vying for attention of nostalgic gamers. However, we still to this day do not know exactly what will be powering the console (or when it will launch). However, in an interview last month, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais confirmed that the Ataribox would be based on PC technology. That isn’t too terribly... Read more...
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