• James Kinch

Atari VCS, the long-awaited console, arrives on June 15th

After 40 years of waiting, retro gamers can rejoice as the new, fittingly named, “Atari VCS Home Gaming and Entertainment System” releases in a fortnight on June 15th.

For newer gamers who may be unaware of Atari’s history; the company was founded by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in 1972. The business became known for its “Pong” consoles (consoles that could be used to play variations of the game Pong) and in 1979, released the Atari 2600.

After the successive failures of its later consoles, Atari pulled out of the mainstream console market in 1996 and became a publisher under Hasbro Interactive.

Announced by Atari this morning, the console will be released at Best Buy, GameStop, Micro Center, and the official Atari VCS website. It may be possible to order the system outside of the US from the official Atari store, but we are currently unable to check as the website lists the system as “Sold Out”.

The console comes with Atari VCS Vault, unlocking access to 100 arcade and Atari 2600 classics which can be played with a wireless version of the Atari 2600 controller or the modern Atari controller. Atari has previously announced partnerships with game platforms such as Google Play, Antstream Arcade, AirConsole, Plex and GameJolt which will allow for more games to be downloaded for the system while also allowing 4K HDR movies to be watched, social media to be accessed and to use it as a music player.