Finally, after numerous delays, the Atari VCS is hitting stores on June 15, 2021, or more specifically Best Buy, GameStop, Micro Center, and the company’s official website. PowerA has developed a Wireless Classic Joystick that is based on the originally 2600 controller as well as an Atari Modern Controller, with both featuring rumble feedback, LED lighting, USB charging, as well as wireless Bluetooth compatibility.
In addition to free access to 100 arcade and Atari 2600 classics that are all fully optimized for use with the Wireless Classic Joystick, you get access to popular streaming services directly from the Atari VCS dashboard. That’s right, there’s a built-in Chrome browser, along with Google’s Workspace apps. The console offers 4K resolution, HDR 60FPS content, onboard / expandable storage options, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, as well as USB 3.0 support.
- The one-stop option for all of your retropie emulator gaming needs. Well made 2 player fightstick with dual joystick and trackball allows you to game with your friends and family at home
- Powered by Raspberry Pi 3B+ single board computer with Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53, 64-bit SoC @ 1.4 GHz, upgraded on-board WiFi and bluetooth connectivity
- Preinstalled 32GB Micro SD with download utility containing over 100 licensed Atari Games and Operating System. Play all your favorite Atari console and arcade games on one device
- High performance arcade fightstick game controller console features large, spaced-out buttons and 8 direction bat top joysticks to deliver great responsiveness and excellent control with a real arcade feel. Trackball is intended to be used with emulation environment
- Easy access and customizable. The top lid of the game pad can be opened access the internal parts for full control and customization to your own game style. Roomy interior with additional storage for 6ft HDMI cable, Micro USB power supply with switch and other components
For those that enjoy the ultimate in configurability and customization, an optional PC Mode additionally allows for the installation of Windows or Linux as an alternative operating system, transforming the Atari VCS into a fully featured and powerful mini-PC. The Atari VCS Onyx Base systems start at $299.99 USD, while Atari VCS Black Walnut and Onyx All-In system bundles include the Atari VCS Classic Joystick (available separately for $59.99) and Atari VCS Modern Controller (also $59.99) for $399.99 USD,” according to a press release.