The Atari VCS , a retro Atari VCS , was widely announced when it hit IndieGogo in May 2018. Preorders for the Atari VCS were received with great excitement by people. Although the Atari VCS is described as “blending the best consoles with PCs”, the reality is that it is just a simplified version of a console/PC. While it has some unique capabilities, the system doesn’t really do much well. It is definitely not worth the price.
There are two versions of Atari VCS. The Onyx and Black Walnut. Black Walnut’s front has a splashing of classic woodgrain, a nod to the 1980s aesthetic. Many early 1980s electronics had a wood veneer panel. This was a different time but it adds a retro touch. I tried an Onyx model, which is more similar to the “Darth Vader” Atari 2600 version. The photos show that it’s an all black device.
The Atari VCS case is similar to the original except that it has fewer clunky switches, and no cartridge port. It is also smaller that the machine it reflects. I like the Atari VCS’s design. It’s slim and unassuming but it reminds me a lot of the original Atari console. Read More