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The Ataribox is Now the Atari VCS and You Can Pre-Order It Soon

The Ataribox is Now the Atari VCS and You Can Pre-Order It Soon

Last year, Atari teased its first console in over two decades: the Ataribox. Further details initially proved to be elusive, but Atari is finally ready to share some intel. The new system is getting a new name—say goodbye to the Ataribox and hello to the Atari VCS!

Via Venture Beat, the Atari VCS shares some similarities with Nintendo’s popular NES Classic and SNES Classic. The design was inspired by the aesthetic of the Atari 2600, which was originally released in 1977. In fact, the Atari VCS was the first name chosen for the 2600, so its latest console title has come full circle. As expected, the Atari VCS will play classic Atari games. However, it will also be able to play modern PC games as well.

The catch is that the Atari VCS probably won’t be able to handle the most graphically intense PC titles. However, this could exponentially increase the number of games available for the system. This feature may also prove to be more enticing for modern gamers than titles from 30 to 40 years ago.

Atari originally planned to open up pre-orders for its new system last December, but the company pushed back its plans for at least a few months. We still don’t know exactly when Atari intends to launch the Atari VCS, but according to Venture Beat, the official pre-order announcement will finally be made in April.

Will the Atari VCS’ ability to play PC and retro games draw you in? Press start to to leave a comment below!

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