Originally scheduled for a Spring release, the Atari VCS has now been pushed back to the end of 2019.
The ‘VCS’ is the first console to bear the Atari name since the ‘Jaguar’ back in the mid-nineties. Drawing design inspiration from the classic ‘2600’, the new console offers a library of legacy Atari titles as well as scope for new games. Bringing it into the modern age the device is reported to offer a modern media player experience with streaming services and connectivity.
Backers paid around $200 per console and were expecting delivery in spring this year. An email update circulated yesterday asks supporters for a little more patience as the delivery date is pushed back. Units are now expected to ship towards the end of 2019.
Keen to keep things positive, Atari explain that the delay is the result of upgraded hardware. Namely a new processor from AMD that will help to run the units more efficiently, cooler and quieter. The statement reads:
“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.).”
Adding more spin to a potentially disappointing development, Atari continue by saying:
“With this decision to upgrade, and the resulting modifications to the system architecture and software that are needed, the VCS team now projects a new delivery window for the Atari VCS at the end of 2019 for Indiegogo backers. Atari has an incredible community of backers and fans and the Atari VCS team is committed to delivering the best possible finished product and experience into our customer’s hands. The Atari VCS represents a huge part of Atari’s future and we refuse to compromise that opportunity with an inferior product experience.”
Whilst is sounds like the Atari team are taking care of everything behind the scenes, backers must also be a little worried with the horror story that was the ZX Spectrum Vega+ indiegogo campaign still fresh in the mind.