Atari changed the name of its next retro mini-console from Ataribox to Atari VCS, according to VentureBeat. The device, similar to the NES Classic and SNES Classic consoles from Nintendo, uses a design aesthetic inspired by the Atari 2600 video computer system. In an interesting twist, the device will not only play classic Atari titles, but will also play modern PC games (of the less intensive variety) thanks to the device's customized AMD processor with Radeon graphics and a Linux-based operating system.
The device was scheduled to be preordered in December, but Atari paused the sale because the company needed more time "to create the platform and ecosystem that the Atari community deserves." We still do not have a specific launch date, but Atari says it will announce an official pre-order date in April. That said, the pre-order date could be at any time later this year, and the actual date of shipment could be at any time in the future. We also do not know the price, but Atari said last year that his mini-console will probably cost between $ 250 and $ 300.