Atari VCS console architect resigns, citing no pay in six months

Why it matters: It's been far from smooth sailing for the Atari VCS. Apart from the aforementioned issue with main architect Rob Wyatt, the Atari VCS is described as "a $250-ish PC in a nice-looking retro box", without any native apps, and "penny-pinching throughout the development process" that resulted in various bad decisions.

Atari tapped design consultancy Tin Giant to design the Atari VCS.

In June 2018, Atari hired Wyatt and his Colorado-based company, Tin Giant, to help develop the VCS, a retro-inspired console that'll come with more than 100 classic Atari games on board.

Atari is facing doubts over whether its upcoming video game console, the Atari VCS, will launch in March after a system architect on the project made a decision to bail. "As a small company, we have been lucky to survive this long", Wyatt told The Register. He had been working on finalizing the hardware of the much anticipated retro console, finally seeing a prototype motherboard delivered last month.

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You can see images of a "pre-production board" over on a Medium post that Atari published shortly after The Register's report. The Register adds that no original games developers have signed up to develop games for the Atari VCS, two years after the reveal, and that "they are unlikely to in future, either".

The Atari's new VCS console might suffer more roadblocks and delays, or even fizzle out entirely, as the company just lost big hardware talent. Manufacturing a product like the Atari VCS takes time, and it seems less and less likely that they are going to meet their intended 2020 release date.

Atari said the Atari VCS would run a custom AMD processor on Linux and support 4K resolution, HDR and 60fps. Backers who bought into the Atari VCS were skeptical that a conflict of interest could've arisen between Wyatt's obligations to the VCS and his new tablet creation.

Atari said the tooling for the VCS' plastic components are "largely full" and that gaming equipment vendor Power has "the superior new Atari Basic Joysticks and Atari Fashionable Controllers almost prepared for mass manufacturing". "We remain confident in the Atari VCS as the entire team works diligently to bring forth its vision according to plan, and we will continue to communicate accordingly over the coming weeks and months, including hands-on presentations to key media and partners planned for later this fall". "Along the way, he has also lent his expertise to many AAA video games and high-end movie special effects", Atari stated in a press release announcing its hiring of Wyatt.

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