Atari VCS™ is a video computer system and platform that lets users enjoy games, video, music and other favorite PC experience on their TV.
Who created it?
Atari VCS is a modern connected device inspired by the original Atari 2600™. The Atari 2600 was a closed, plug-and-play game system.
Why should I use it?
Atari VCS brings PC power and flexibility, voice-control, games and entertainment, and open platform creativity of a Linux OS to the TV.
How much does it cost?
$199 - $399 depending on offers and bundled configurations.
Where can I buy it?
Pre-order the Exclusive Day-One Limited Edition and other VCS models right here, right now!
What do I get when I order?
Depends on the bundle configuration you choose.
Why are you crowdfunding?
To provide Atari with feedback from fans and calibrate support operations with a long-term view on building the market, while giving Atari fans an immediate opportunity to pre-order an Exclusive Day-One Limited Edition .
What features are available
Retro and modern games, Indie PC games, streaming video and music, web browsing, voice control, customizable Linux UX and full web access.
What colors do you offer?
Collector Edition with wood panel (Day-One Limited Edition) and Onyx Black Edition
What is the uniqueness of the technology?
Secure open PC-architecture, AMD processor, voice control, custom Linux OS allows installation of OS compatibles for unique developer and community freedom.
How is the device powered?
Standard AC power, rechargeable accessories
How does it work?
Our system takes advantage of the AMD architecture using secure boot, AMD PSP (Platform Security Processor) and Hypervisor technologies
Will there be updates to it in the future?
There will be software updates, new games and content, new accessories and input devices, etc.
How does it connect to other devices?
HDMI, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB
Playing Games On Atari VCS
What is the Operating system?
Customized Atari interface and optimized OS based on Linux.
Does Atari VCS support online multiplayer games?
Yes. (Game dependent.)
Will Atari be updating any of its existing games for Atari VCS?
Atari will enable assorted classic games, reimagined versions of its legendary IP, plus new games from Atari and independent developers.
Can you gamecast to Twitch while playing Atari games?
We are working on this feature and in ongoing discussions with Twitch about what is possible. More details will be shared when they become available.
Can you call friends to chat while playing together?
We plan to make in-game chat services available.
Can we play Pong with friends online now?
Atari is working on exclusive new versions of classic games. Some will support PvP online multiplayer.
Can we also access app functions on a web browser?
From the Atari UI users could access to the following services: - Atari classic games - Atari and 3rd party new games - Atari VCS storefront - Streaming TV services (Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, etc.) - Streaming music services (Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, etc.) - Web Browser - Customizable Curated Desktop - Gaming Communities (Homebrew) - Learning Services
Will you be able to play Steam Games on Atari VCS?
Yes. Linux-based games from Steam and other platforms that meet Atari VCS hardware specifications should work.
Setup and Maintenance
How do I set it up?
Easy plug-and-play via HDMI connection to TV or monitor. Internet will be required to access certain features and updates.
Compatible with current available Bluetooth/USB controllers and other input devices, plus voice command for certain features.
What is the care and cleaning of it?
Light duster or damp cloth. No chemical cleaners should be used.
Safety and Regulation
What are the recommend ages?
9 - 99: Like any electronic device, young children will require adult supervision.
Is it safe?
Product will be safety compliant to be sold in the USA, Canada, European Union, Australia/New Zealand, China, Japan, Brazil, and Mexico. Must meet minimum Product Safety requirement on any surface exposed to the customer.
What certifications do you have?
- Product will comply with the applicable EMC (includes conducted and radiated emissions and immunity testing) standards in the following regions: USA, Canada, European Union, Australia/New Zealand, China, Japan, Brazil, and Mexico. Product must meet minimum ESD requirements as part of standard EMC / immunity testing (4 kV contact and 8 kV air discharge). - Product will comply with the applicable RF/intended emissions standards in the following regions: USA, Canada, European Union, Australia/New Zealand, China, Brazil, and Japan. Product will be RoHS compliant. Product will be WEEE compliant. Product will be REACH compliant
How durable is it?
Atari VCS is designed for many years of use, but it should not be dropped or have objects placed on top of it.
How is my privacy protected?
Atari does not share or sell any information it may collect. Please be aware of 3rd party service providers' policies.
How secure is it?
The main OS and content downloaded will be encrypted in the HDD.
Can someone watch or listen to me?
Voice control and chat services will be available. Webcams and other devices may be installed by the user. Third party providers are responsible for providing privacy information about their products and services.
Are there any risks associated with use?
Photosensitive Seizure Warning A very small percentage of people may experience a seizure when exposed to certain visual images, including flashing lights or patterns that may appear in video games. Even people who have no history of seizures or epilepsy may have an undiagnosed condition that can cause photosensitive epileptic seizures while watching video games.
When does shipping begin?
Spring 2019 is the target date.
When can we expect it to reach our doorsteps?
Standard ground shipping services will be used. Location dependent.
Where does it ship?
Initial markets are North America, UK, Europe and Australia/New Zealand.
How much is shipping?
In the USA: Shipping Fee includes state and local sales tax, shipping, and handling. No additional taxes or shipping will be collected. Outside of the USA: Shipping Fee varies based on location; includes shipping and handling, and excludes GST, VAT and equivalent taxes and customs duties.
Do I have to pay VAT / GST?
Yes. In Europe customers will be responsible for VAT when they receive the product.
Is there a warranty?
One-year manufacturer's warranty covering manufacturing and electrical defects.
What is your refund policy?
Refund at any point in time through Indiegogo. After the campaign, we will lock refunds in order to go into production and shipment. We will honor the returns and exchange policy after your Atari VCS is delivered.
What is your return / exchange policy?
If you received your product and you aren't satisfied, you may exchange it for a new one within 30 days, less shipping & handling fees.
Why do I have to wait longer than usual?
This is not just pre-orders: You're helping to build the device, and we need to know how many to make before we can start production. This is the first of its kind, and you'll be glad you waited. We will send you updates while we work to produce the first batch.