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Atari VCS PC-Mode USB


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One of the coolest features of the Atari VCS is its ability to double as a fully functioning mini-PC via "PC Mode."   Personally, I run Windows off of a fast USB for emulation on my VCS. Others use an external HDD or have installed a partitioned SSD and boot manager. However, not everyone has the technical wherewithal to put a boot image on a second drive to access PC-Mode.  Well, Atari has heard their cries.

Enter The Atari VCS PC-Mode USB. This "PC On-A-Stick" is an Atari branded, 128 GB USB that is preloaded with the newest Debian OS. Just put it in the USB port of your VCS, turn it on and you've unlocked the mini-PC potential of your VCS.

The stick itself is a Kinsgston 3.2 USB. No info on the transfer rate.

Here are the specs:

- 128 GB with 110 GB of usable free space for storage

- Debian OS, version GNU/Linux 11 (Bullseye)

- LibreOffice suite (fully compatible with Office 365)

- Chrome web browser

- Etcher (used to create bootable USB drives to use alternate operating systems on the Atari VCS)

- Atari VCS OS and Bios disaster recovery images

Now, it's cool that Atari have gone through the trouble of providing this "PC On-a-Stick", productivity software and VCS recovery images on a slick branded USB. But they didn't do it free. The retail price of the sucker is $39.99!

What do you think of new Atari VCS PC-Mode USB?

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I've never really considered that aspect of the VCS, using mine strictly as a game console.  I knew it was possible to set the VCS up as a mini-PC, but I also know a project like that can be very time consuming in setting it up.  So this idea of a pre-configured card is really good!  I'm going to check it out.  $40 to save a bunch of time is worth it!

 

 

 

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Well, the USB stick is on sale for Black Friday for only $30.  Still, I decided not to buy it.  I don't think I'll ever use the VCS as a PC and the idea of dragging a keyboard/mouse up to my gaming room makes me feel tired :) 

BUT...in looking at the site, I *did* decide to buy a couple of shirts.

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But anyway, just to repeat, the stick would be a real time-saver and at $30 is a great deal this week. 

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20 minutes ago, RickR said:

Well, the USB stick is on sale for Black Friday for only $30.  Still, I decided not to buy it.  I don't think I'll ever use the VCS as a PC and the idea of dragging a keyboard/mouse up to my gaming room makes me feel tired 🙂

BUT...in looking at the site, I *did* decide to buy a couple of shirts.

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But anyway, just to repeat, the stick would be a real time-saver and at $30 is a great deal this week. 

Nice score @RickR! $22.50 for the t-shirts is a great deal. I had the yellow Tempest tee in my cart but I'm currently in-between sizes so I'm holding off on shirts.

From Discord, the stick also includes things like GIMP and sound editing tools. I am getting one at the Black Friday price just to see what it's about and how usable it is.

 

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