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We first reported on the Atari VCS back in 2018, where we got our first look at Atari's new portable PC meets console hybrid slash retro looking tech thing. Since its reveal and initial crowdfunding/backer campaign the console meets computer meets stream-box has seen a number of delays and a few changes in its specs. It's been a journey to say the least, and one that's set to reach our shores next week.

We don't mean to complicate what the Atari VCS is, but with in-built support for classic Atari games from the Atari 2600 era through to modern indies and the ability to run Windows, Linux, or ChromeOS and then stream movies and stuff -- it seemingly does a bit of everything.

Operating System: Atari Custom Linux OS (Linux Kernel)
CPU/GPU: AMD Ryzen 1606G (Zen/Vega)
Storage: 32GB eMMC fixed internal; internal M.2 SSD slot; unlimited external USB HD/stick; cloud (subscription required)
Compatible OS: Linux, Windows, Steam OS, Chrome OS
Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4/5GHz, Bluetooth 4.0
Ports: HDMI 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 4x USB 3.1

Which explains the $849.95 AUD price-tag, but when stacked up against the cheaper PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X -- it's hard to see where it might fit as a console. Again, this is customisable and technically could become a retro gaming box playing all manner of classic titles spanning decades (the VCS is launching with support for Antstream Arcade) -- in a finish that looks very cool. That is, the classic Atari design of the VCS unit.

The Atari VCS is set to go on sale from June 10 in Australia via Bluemouth Interactive.

“We’re so excited to bring this reimagined ‘80s icon back in a completely modern way to everyone’s living rooms with the Atari VCS,” said Bluemouth Co-Founder and Managing Director David Provan. “The system brings a hit of nostalgia to fans with its classic arcade titles, but also complete versatility to play newer games and stream all in the same place.”

“June 10th is a day that eager Atari fans have been waiting for. The Atari VCS has been well-received by our early-adopter community and we are thrilled that more people will have an opportunity to enjoy Atari’s Video Computer System in their homes.” said Michael Arzt, COO of Atari VCS and Connected Devices.

The Atari VCS will be available at JB Hi-F, EB Games,, The Gamesmen, and Mighty Ape.

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