More Atari VCS Details Emerge at E3
We’re coming up on the two-year mark since the Atari VCS (Video Computer System) was first introduced, and we now have a much clearer picture of what the console is going to look like on the inside, how much it’s going to cost, and what kinds of entertainment consumers are going to be able to enjoy. Ahead of E3 2019, the classic gaming brand teased some major upgrades that were planned for the system—which also resulted in it missing the promised Spring 2019 launch date. But at the show, Atari finally got down into the nitty gritty details of their first new console in decades.
Up front, we learned that all of the upgrade to the system have pushed the official launch date back by a year. Though preorders are officially live for the Atari VCS, the system won’t ship until March 2020.
Internally, we already know that the VCS will sport AMD’s new Ryzen chipset. Other specs unveiled at E3 2019 include two different versions of the system: 800 (8GB of RAM) and 400 (4GB) models that are both fully user upgradable by swapping in more RAM and expanding storage. The systems will be available as standalone units, which users can connect their existing Bluetooth and USB controllers and other peripherals to; and Atari will also have bundles available that include an Atari VCS Classic Joystick and the VCS Modern Controller.