Update; 1/2019 Atari VCS Indiegogo Campaign Accused of Being a Possible Scam, see later post..Atari Launches Linux Gaming Box Starting at $199
May 31, 2018
Atari Launches Linux Gaming Box Starting at $199
Atari has launched an Ubuntu-based Atari VCS gaming and media streaming console aimed at retro gamers.
Attempts to establish Linux as a gaming platform have failed time and time again, with Valve’s SteamOS being the latest high-profile casualty. Yet, Linux has emerged as a significant platform in the much smaller niche of retro gaming, especially on the Raspberry Pi. Atari has now re-emerged from the fog of gaming history with an Ubuntu-based Atari VCS gaming and media streaming console aimed at retro gamers.
In addition to games, the Atari VCS will also offer Internet access and optional voice control. With a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, the system can be used as a standard Linux computer. The catch is that the already delayed systems won’t ship until July 2019.
Shortly after appearing on Indiegogo this week, the Atari VCS vaulted over its $100,000 funding goal to hit $1.7 million and counting. Indiegogo packages that are discounted by $50 include a basic Atari VCS Onyx model that goes for $199 or $229 with a classic joystick. These are both Early Bird deals that expire June 4.
There is also a wood-paneled Collector’s Edition version that sells for $299 with a classic joystick or $339 with a modern game controller. Other deals, including a $319 package with both the joystick and modern controller, are available for the next month.