The Atari VCS console, which will offer up an open platform for games and streaming and other entertainment, successfully raised over $4 million AUD in crowdfunding last year. Sporting a retro wood-panel Atari look, with in-built support for classic games, the original release window was Q1 2019.
Which has now been pushed back to late-2019 (for backers), in order to mke room for a hardware upgrade in the form of a new as-yet unannounced AMD Ryzen processr (with integrated Vega graphics).
The Atari VCS will now be powered by a 14nm AMD processor featuring high-performance Radeon Vega graphics architecture and two “Zen” CPU cores. This new processor replaces the model from the “Bristol Ridge” family that had been in the plan since originally selected for the Atari VCS back in 2017. AMD’s all-new Ryzen embedded chip will be faster, cooler, and more efficient, allowing the VCS to benefit from a simpler and more effective power architecture and thermal solution. The new processor includes built-in Ethernet, Native 4K video with modern HDCP, and a secure frame buffer that fully-supports DRM video (Netflix, HBO, etc.).
Which will no doubt improve the console's abilities when it comes to game performance too. Delays when it comes to crowd-funded hardware are not new, but Atari are adamant that it's focus is on quality first.
The Atari VCS represents a huge part of Atari’s future and we refuse to compromise that opportunity with an inferior product experience.
Although a lot of the Linux OS based Atari VCS remains a mystery, in the coming months we can expect to see a detailed look at the software, UI, and general capabilities of the console.