The game console party has just been crashed by Atari with a brand new console. The PS5 is going to compete against Atari’s new VCS games console this November. Atari hasn’t released a game console since the fifth-generation of consoles more than 20 years ago with the release of the Atari Jaguar.
The PS5 launches in a matter of weeks, with the next-gen gaming console hitting store shelves in November, 2020. However, there is another new games console launching in November this year, too, and this one comes with access to more than 100 games included. That new console is the Atari VCS, a new version of the classic Atari 2600, and it is launching alongside the PlayStation 5 this November.
Unlike the original though, which went on sale in November 1982, the Atari VCS comes with a raft of new tech to make it 2020-ready including an AMD Ryzen CPU, AMD Radeon GPU and 8GB of RAM (expandable too) that can pump the games out in 4K HDR. It also comes with a USB 3.0, HDMI and Ethernet port, for wired connections as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.
The Atari’s improvements over the original console also include the addition of an Atari Modern Controller, which differs to the also on offer Atari Classic Joystick in supplying a modern Xbox controller-shaped pad to game with.
Interestingly. though, the Atari VCS differs from a standard games console in that it offers a dedicated PC Mode. This means that you can install a secondary operating like Windows on a bootable external USB and use the VCS as a home computer too. The Atari VCS in terms of operating system for the games console uses a Linux OS and comes pre-installed with lots of classic Atari retro games as well as current titles from a range of studios.
The Atari VCS is available for pre-order now for $389.99 directly from Atari and can be picked up in three different colorways, including Black Walnut, Onyx Black and Carbon Gold. This November games console party just got lit.