The Ataribox Gets an Official Name, Atari VCS
Teased last year at E3 2017 and then again this past fall, Atari just dropped a ton of new info about its forthcoming console—the first in nearly 40 years to be released by the iconic gaming company.
Codenamed Ataribox since last summer, the retro-inspired gaming and entertainment platform will be known as the Atari VCS (Video Computer System). On top of releasing the official name for the product, Atari also announced that it will share prototypes of the Atari VCS, the Classic Joystick, and the Modern Controller with press at the Game Developers Conference this week in San Francisco.
Atari said it has the goal of announcing the exclusive pre-order date for the Atari VCS during the month of April.
Inspired by the original Atari 2600 Video Computer System, the new Atari VCS promises to offer a “blend of modern lines and reverential details,” along with contemporary content and new innovations. The console will, of course, serve up some of the classic titles that helped cement the original console in the annals of video game lore. But Atari said it has plenty in store for the product that will make it more than just a “retro-box.”
“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,” Michael Arzt, Atari COO of Connected Devices, said in a statement. “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.”
Dealerscope will, for the first time in a long time, have a presence at the E3 Expo in June in LA where we hope to see and hear a bunch more details on the Atari VCS and other video game hardware.