Atari’s PC/Console Hybrid Releasing This Fall for $389

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It’s been quite a journey, but Atari has revealed that its oft-delayed VCS system will finally be released by the end of this year. Prospective owners can pre-order the PC/console hybrid now for $389.99 through its official site, which claims a guaranteed delivery date before December 24.

For those who haven’t been following along, Atari’s VCS blends the functionality of a computer and video game system. When they’re not gaming, users can switch the console into a “PC Mode,” which can run secondary operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and Chrome.

It’s too early to tell how well the VCS performs, particularly outside of classic games, but the system reportedly comes equipped with an AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 series processor with Radeon Vega 3 graphics. As for I/O, we’re looking at USB 3.0, HDMI, WiFi, Ethernet, and Bluetooth.

Atari also announced that Missile Command: Recharged, a re-imagining of the 1980 classic, would debut as a launch title for the VCS. “Complete with platform-exclusive features, including Classic Joystick compatibility, Missile Command: Recharged is the first stand-alone title announced for the highly anticipated PC-console hybrid,” wrote the company.

Tsing Mui
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