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Atari "VCS" (the Atari Box saga continues)


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#1 leolinden

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 06:32 PM

http://ataribox.com/

 

The name change smells familiar...

 

*cough* Coleco Chameleon *cough*

 

Also, the most confusing new console name since the Xbox One. 

 

And again, no information AT ALL. There's no new developments other than "THE NAME IS NOT THE ATARI BOX NOW GUYZ!"

 

 


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#2 atarilbc

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 09:36 PM

To be fair, they did update the website too. It looks like they might be fans of atari.io/7800 Ave. ;)
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#3 TrekMD

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 11:02 PM

Details, details.  Where are the details?  Just calling it VCS doesn't tell me enough.  :)


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Posted 19 March 2018 - 11:13 PM

The following is snippets from this article https://venturebeat....ole-in-9-years/

 

 

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The company is showing off the Atari VCS, Classic Joystick, and Modern Controller prototypes to the press this week at GDC. And it is working with game developers, content creators, and other partners to finalize details. In April, Atari will announce a preorder date for the Atari VCS. Earlier, Atari canceled a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo because its development hit a snag.

“Every person at Atari and every partner involved with the new platform is just as fanatical about the brand and its heritage as our biggest fans are,” said Atari Connected Devices chief operating officer Michael Arzt in a statement. “With the Atari VCS name, we know how important it is to get everything completely right, and that’s why we briefly paused an imminent launch late last year. It was a difficult decision with the countdown underway, but we weren’t willing to go forward with even one thing out of alignment. We hope that despite the delay, Atari’s fans appreciate our extreme attention to detail and are as excited about the Atari VCS as we are.”

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 11:25 PM

I'm on board for new Atari stuff but I wish they had chosen any other name than "Atari VCS". I feel the same way about that as I did about "Xbox One". Things are going to get confusing. How about something like "Atari 2900" or something else completely new? I hope what they deliver is top quality. Until it ships and I have one in my hand I'm just gonna take a deep breath, kick back and relax, and be happy this isn't one of those things that was "announced" and sat in development hell for another 9 years. It has the Atari name on it and I wish them well.

 

 

To be fair, they did update the website too. It looks like they might be fans of atari.io/7800 Ave. ;)

 

 

I hope!


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Posted 19 March 2018 - 11:25 PM

BTW, it's nice to have you back in the forums posting again Leo! Great to see you around  :berzerk:


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Posted 19 March 2018 - 11:36 PM

I might be in the minority, but I like the "modern meets Atari" look of both controllers.


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Posted 19 March 2018 - 11:38 PM

You're not.  I dig both controllers.  :)


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#9 Justin

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 12:10 AM

I might be in the minority, but I like the "modern meets Atari" look of both controllers.

 

Yeah I love those too. 



#10 leolinden

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 12:21 AM

I may have gotten a little hot headed about this. The lack of info concerns me though.

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#11 RickR

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 12:49 AM

Atari Fifty-Who-Hundred


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#12 dgrubb

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 09:41 AM

I actually really love the design of the console and their branding artwork. I don't know why, but this opinion really offends some people (admittedly, on somewhat rowdier forums than this one).


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 10:46 AM

I agree that it looks really nice, design-wise.  It's just hard not to be jaded after all the false promises from similar systems in the past. 


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 11:06 AM

Just when I thought this was going to go 'pie in the sky' here comes another 'small' update.  We still have no idea what kind of console this is but here's what I'd like it to be. I'd say it's kind of like the retro consoles released by Nintendo and AtGames but taking it a step further.  I would hope that it came with pre-loaded Atari classics spanning from the 2600, 5200 and on at least through the 7800.  Maybe throw in some arcade games as well.  Owners may have the option to purchase and download licensed games such as Space Invaders, and other games not created by Atari originally.  In the past, only Atari 2600 games were available in retro collections so this does have potential appeal for many on this forum.  We shall see...


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#15 leolinden

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 12:45 PM

Just when I thought this was going to go 'pie in the sky' here comes another 'small' update.  We still have no idea what kind of console this is but here's what I'd like it to be. I'd say it's kind of like the retro consoles released by Nintendo and AtGames but taking it a step further.  I would hope that it came with pre-loaded Atari classics spanning from the 2600, 5200 and on at least through the 7800.  Maybe throw in some arcade games as well.  Owners may have the option to purchase and download licensed games such as Space Invaders, and other games not created by Atari originally.  In the past, only Atari 2600 games were available in retro collections so this does have potential appeal for many on this forum.  We shall see...

 

From the looks of it, they are trying to make it have new games as well. If they are good retro style games, it might be worth it. Without physical media though, I feel like it wouldn't be as cool.

 

If it has old games and have new software for it, then it would be cool. It'd need a "killer app" though to justify the $200 cost that they seem to have been going for.


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 02:00 PM

They have already mentioned it being a Linux based console.  I agree with others...it should not be named Atari VCS.  We already have that.  Name it something else.  One name that never got used past a prototype stage is "Panther".  So...name it that but not VCS.  The VCS it is not even if it is a computer system.  Then again all game consoles are computer systems.  The market is already flooded with VCS clones and to add this on top of those will only add to the confusion.

 

I do like the controllers and in one photo on the website you see a person using an XBOX controller.  But the whole idea behind Atari's new console was to make it easier for people (although kids was specifically mentioned in the past) to play games that are already available on other consoles and computers and portable communication devices (tablets, smartphones) which seems to me to not exactly be the way to do it.  Being able to play Minecraft (a Microsoft owned property now) and Terraria on it does seem cool but these games are already on every modern console, tablet/smartphone, and computer download service available.  Not to mention in physical format on some consoles.  

 

Bottomline: If Atari is going to market this new system then I would want to see some new and fresh game ideas.  It would be in their best interest to startup an Indie Game program since XBOX axed theirs.  While it does open the door for quality-lacking games it can also bring about some new game ideas that could become hidden gems in their own right.  Xenominer, Arcadecraft, and a few others got their start being Indie Games and have become very successful.  Minecraft is a good example of this as is Terraria.  But we already have those and many clones...the gaming community needs new and fresh game ideas.

 

I've said it before and I will say it again...I have no interest in this until I see more, what it can do, and what games are going to be on it.  If I see repeats of games I already have I will pass.  I also don't need a Linux Box as I can make those any time I want with computers here I'm not using.



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Posted 20 March 2018 - 02:05 PM

AHEM

 

I been calling this one out since the first mention of the guy behind it. Other than the name and some renders and a lot of HYPE they got NOTHING. Just more whoring of the Atari brand name to nostalgic fans who will shell out money for anything "officially licensed" and of course the minute you question or call it out or ask questions those with dreams and wishes will quickly label you anti ATARI or call you hater etc. NO, my history and current collection verify I am a HUGE Atari fan and want only the best for the name and company except this "ATARIBOX / ATARI VCS" is has has never been anything more than a marketing train wreck created by Fergal MacConuladh who merely licensed the name for use on this project.

 


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 02:59 PM

Have you tried to use the Contact page on their website yet?  Their reCaptcha has an error message saying that it has an invalid domain for site key.  Red flag anyone?


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#19 TeddyGermany

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 05:19 PM

Don't have high hopes for that 'Atari whatever'. I think, the kid is dead in the cradle.

No games!
No price!
No specs!
Nothing really new!
We all know the same as one year ago. Nearly nothing.
E.G.: Daimler announces a new car. No chassis, no technical infos, no price to offer. Only the possibility to preorder. Who would catch that offer?

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 06:04 PM

Seems like the FB Atari fans are having mixed feelings about the name change but all of them pretty much say the same thing that Teddy just mentioned.  For the price they are asking for the AtariBox (that's the name I'm sticking with) I could think of a whole bunch of physical Atari games that have been here for decades I don't have that I would rather spend that money on.  Hell, for the price they are going for these days, that would buy a whole bunch of Wii games.  Am I alone thinking that way?


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