Atari VCS Retro Console Pre-Orders Are Live

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The classic Atari brand is making yet another return, this time as a retro-styled set-top box gaming console.

The Atari VCS is currently showing behind closed doors at E3, but the console is available for pre-order now, as announced Tuesday via a press release.

While the machine has more powerful guts than any micro-console you could mention - it's packing an AMD Ryzen processor with Radeon Graphics Technology and is capable of 4K HDR video streaming - the only confirmed games so far are 100 crusty old Atari classic from the '70s and '80s. The classic Atari-style joystick and more modern gamepad will cost $49 and $59. GameStop is only selling the all-black model, while Walmart is offering an exclusive version with a Kevlar Gold front panel.

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It should be noted that the Atari 2600-inspired Black Walnut design seen here is only available directly from the company.

Originally known as the Ataribox and created to evoke nostalgia for those who remember the Atari Video Computer System's "Woody" design, which would later become the Atari 2600, the company now wearing Atari's name confirmed that its effort to break into the console market was based on PC hardware back in September 2017 - much like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One families, which are both based on semi-custom AMD processors. The native dashboard UI runs under an Atari OS, which the company has previously said is "based on a modified version of the Linux kernel". While other "classic" systems are sold for relatively low amounts of cash, Atari is expecting punters to cough up as much as $389.99 for this new system. The system will also offer a sandbox mode, which the company says will turn the VCS into an "open and expandable multimedia PC".

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