The original Atari has been gone for decades, but the current owner of the name and brand released a new home console recently, called the Atari VCS 800. After a relatively short life, it’s now on its way out.
The modern Atari VCS, also known as the Ataribox, is a console that was revealed all the way back in 2017. It received over $3 million on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform in June 2018, but like many crowdfunded projects, it slipped far past its original shipment date — backers didn’t actually get theirs until December 2020. Following several hardware and software revisions, the final product looked like the original Atari 2600, but ran a customized version of Debian Linux with an AMD Raven Ridge APU.
The new VCS received mixed responses from buyers and reviewers. The Amazon and Best Buy listings are both at 3.9/5 stars, and outlets like Tom’s Hardware and IGN cited the high price and convoluted PC mode as significant drawbacks. Packages like Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection or ROM emulation are less-pricey ways to enjoy most classic…
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