Atari’s first console in over twenty years now to be had in Australia

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Whilst many people are nonetheless suffering to get their palms at the new PlayStation, vintage online game enthusiasts can snap up a brand new piece of nostalgia – however it comes at a hefty worth. 

It is Atari’s first console in additional than twenty years and all began as a crowdfunding mission again in 2017. 

Now the Atari VCS has after all entered the Aussie marketplace, however this console-hybrid is not reasonably what meets the attention. 

9News.com.au went hands-on with the Atari VCS to peer the way it stacks up towards the opposite new-gen {hardware}. (Equipped)

9News.com.au went hands-on with the Atari VCS to peer the way it stacks up towards the opposite new-gen {hardware}. 

It has apparently been advertised as a online game console, however there is a lot more to it than that. 

The Atari VCS is basically a mini PC. 

In the beginning look the console takes you again in time, with a antique picket panel at the entrance of the tool. 

The Atari VCS comprises its personal Atari running device, Atari Mode, working off the Linux running device. Home windows, Chrome OS and Steam OS also are suitable.  

Atari Mode is the place you’ll be able to revel in the VCS as a ‘console’. 

Within the menu you’ll be able to navigate on your apps, which incorporates maximum video streaming apps, in addition to your video games library. 

The entire vintage Atari video games are integrated, they all in brief stuffed me with nostalgia, particularly whilst taking part in with the brand new Joystick controller. 

However I’ve to mention, most likely as a result of we are all now spoiled for video games at the present time, not one of the classics held my consideration for lengthy. 

I had to see what the ‘console’ may actually do. 

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The Atari VCS is the emblem’s first console in over twenty years. (Equipped)

Loaded with 8GB of RAM and the solution to improve, the VCS does the task to your elementary gaming and laptop wishes. 

However the integrated garage at the console is not anything else to rejoice, the console’s exhausting force is a tiny 32GB.

Positive, this’ll get you by means of with all of the vintage Atari video games, however if you wish to use the console as a PC you’ll be able to wish to improve. 

Fortunately the VCS has an inner SSD slot able to move – in addition to 4 USB ports for any exterior garage, a keyboard, mouse and no matter else you want.

The Atari VCS helps 4K presentations, however whilst reviewing the console I discovered the body charge would drop considerably at 4K – even with easy video games discovered at the Atari retailer. 

You should not have any issues taking part in video games in PC Mode at upper body charges, however an building up in body charge will price you considerably in answer. 

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The entire vintage Atari video games are integrated within the new Atari VCS console. (Equipped)

Antstream Arcade, a Netflix library of arcade video games, comes preinstalled at the VCS.

Antsream is a web based subscription carrier giving the participant get admission to to over 1000 video games for approximately $10 a month. 

You can additionally desire a secure web connection to get essentially the most out of the carrier, I discovered the video games would wish to sometimes buffer, however now not sufficient to prevent me taking part in. 

There may be an app to be had for iOS and Android which will lend a hand in navigating menus and double as a mouse cursor for the console whilst surfing the internet. 

What is within the field? The All-In package comes with the Atari VCS, wi-fi vintage joystick and a contemporary wi-fi controller. 

Each and every controller comes with it is personal USB charging cable. An influence wire for the Atari VCS and a HDMI cable is equipped, in addition to a virtual replica of Atari Vault which incorporates a stack of vintage Atari video games.

The vintage joystick is now wi-fi and includes a trendy RGB lights ring and vibration serve as. It is an improve, that is evidently. 

The Wi-fi Trendy controller is identical in form to the Xbox controller, it feels great on your palms and appears the phase. 

The VCS is to be had in two colors, Black Walnut, as a part of the All-In One Package, and Onyx – which is simply the bottom VCS device. 

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The Atari VCS package retails for approximately $100 greater than the Xbox Collection X and PlayStation 5. (Equipped)

Let’s speak about the fee. 

If you are evaluating the Atari VCS to the most recent consoles, it is not priced competitively. The All-In One Package (which incorporates the joystick and wi-fi controller) will set you again about $850, $100 costlier than the disc model of the PlayStation 5.

That $850 does now not come with exterior garage – which means you will not be able besides into Home windows with out it. 

You must all the time pick out up a 500GB SSD for round $90 – $100, however you’ll be able to additionally wish to issue within the running device, every other 200-odd-dollars. 

The common shopper goes to battle to construct a brand new gaming PC, with the similar specification because the VCS, for less than $1000. 

If you are out there for a mini PC with a nostalgic flavour, the Atari VCS may simply be the PC for you. Taking place this trail, it’s worthwhile to pick out up the bottom model of the VCS for approximately $699 AUD (controllers now not integrated). And if next-gen console gaming is what you might be after, easiest to stick with PlayStation and Xbox. 

The Atari VCS is to be had now from JB HIFI, Amazon, EB Video games, Catch.com.au and The Gamesmen. 

 The Atari VCS All-In Package was once loaned to 9News for the aim of this overview.

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