Finally, after many months of speculation, and a delay, the Atari VCS is now up for pre-order. You can either choose a "collector's edition" that features a wood-front finish for $299, or a classic black Onyx edition at $199. Both models and classic joysticks will only be available for pre-order on Indiegogo, but unfortunately, nothing will ship until mid-2019.Just to recap, it's powered by an AMD custom processor that runs a variant of Linux. Continue reading for two more videos, including Tempest 4000 footage.
Formerly known as the Ataribox, the Atari VCS was officially unveiled at GDC 2018, and it's basically a Linux-powered gaming computer that can be used as both a PC and video game console, pre-loaded with a Atari classic games right out of the box. It will be powered by a semi-custom AMD processor with Radeon graphics, and feature an SD card slot, HDMI, USB, Ethernet ports, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Unlike other tablets, the Atari 9000 doubles as a portable gaming console, complete with joystick and paddle controllers. It's powered by Android, and also offers scrolling, zooming, and use with a stylus, which is basically the joystick handle. You can also hook it up to the big screen for a truly retro gaming experience. Continue reading for more pictures.
E.T. is frequently cited as a contributing factor to Atari's massive financial losses during 1983 and 1984. It was generally believed that as a result of overproduction and returns, millions of unsold cartridges were buried in an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill. Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios excavated an old landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico on April 26th and discovered 728,000 cartridges. Continue reading for a video and more information.
File this under: awesome custom-built portable game systems. Built by Ben Heck forum member "Mario", this Atari 2600 portable features a 3.5-inch LCD, two Game Boy Advance SP batteries, and a functional cartridge slot. Video after the break. Click here for more pictures.
Though the first Atari console may have been released over 30-years ago, there have been a countless number of commercials released for the games that continue to live on, thanks to YouTube. Continue reading to see five of our favorites.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, British engineer Iain Sharp decided to spend 12-months and $800 building a real-life version of Atari's Lunar Lander game, complete with a "science-fiction-sounding mission operator." Click here for first picture in gallery.
The computer measures success by the lander's descent rate and its final position relative to the targets. Three successful landings earn players one of a variety of vintage-looking pin-on buttons featuring Apollo-themed images.
Before the McDonalds Monopoly game, there was the Atari giveaway, which included: 50 deluxe home computers / video games, 200 Atari Centipede games, and 1200 Atari home computers. Continue reading for the commercial.
Master video game modder Ben HEck is back at it again, and this time, he's built a custom Atari 800 Laptop. It features a 15-inch display, Atari XEGS motherboard, and a flush-mount cartridge slot. Video after the break. Click here for first picture in gallery.
Uses original, new-old-stock Atari 800 keyboard. This is probably the best keyboard in the history of computing, so it was worth including.