New Products, Tech

Fire Finds: Atari VCS

It’s a gaming console and computer all-in-one!

words by: Matt Peng
Jun 4, 2021

It doesn’t matter if you’re a video game connoisseur or not, your life has definitely been influenced by Atari. Founded in 1972, Atari pioneered not only arcade games and home video game consoles, but also home computers. Their world famous library includes titles like Asteroids, Centipede, Mission Command and of course Pong. Now that we’re in a new digital age that has taken on a liking for retro things, Atari has decided to bring back the Atari VCS (Video Computer System) aka the Atari 2600.



The new Atari VCS

The modern version of the Atari VCS takes everything fans loved about the original 2600 and gives it a sleek aesthetic upgrade. You will still feel like you’re in the ’70s and ’80s with the black and walnut construction but the shape has been slightly modified with softer and rounder edges. Atari is also making sure to bring back the classic joystick – but this time it’s wireless. Rumble effects and LED lights also bring the controller into the modern age. For those that want an even more modern controller, there’s one of those too (it looks like Microsoft helped out with this one though, just saying).


In terms of the video game library, it’s massive. Not only will the classic titles named above be available, but Atari promises new title launches later in the year. Free access to over 100 arcade and Atari 2600 classics are included in your purchase of the new Atari VCS.


It wouldn’t be the 2020’s if you couldn’t directly stream on your gaming console. The Atari VCS supports 4K resolution, HDR and 60fps and you can access popular streaming services directly from the dashboard. While the VCS comes with Chrome already installed and Google’s Workspace apps, it offers the added option of PC Mode, allowing you to install Windows or Linux.


The versatility of this console is truly amazing.


How to buy the Atari VCS

Fans looking for nostalgia or some new entertainment can buy the Atari VCS on June 15 in the United States. Retailers like Best Buy, GameStop and Micro Center will have launch-day specials. Atari’s official VCS website is taking pre-orders now.


The Onyx Base System is retailing for $299.99 while the Black Walnut All-In Bundle includes the Joystick and Controller for a total of $399.99. If you’re looking to buy the accessories separately, the Joystick and Controller both run $59.99 respectively.


The Atari VCS isn’t a next-gen PS5, but with the shortage of Sony’s console, there’s definitely a void to fill in the market.



Photos via Atari