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Monday, March 19, 2018

3362 - Remember Ataribox? Yeah, me neither...


(Quick update: Here's a press release. A video is forthcoming.)

Anyone remember Ataribox? That new micro-console thing from Atari that was going to have a Kickstarter but then doesn't have a Kickstarter? Yeah, me neither. But apparently it's back in the news for some reason and now it has a new name; the Atari VCS.

But we already have a VCS. We don't need another one.

For those who aren't aware, the VCS refers to the Atari 2600's original name when it was released in 1977. In fact, the system was only referred to as the 2600 when Atari released the ill-fated 5200 Supersystem. Even to this day, there are still people who will refer to the 2600 by its original name.

Anyway, in addition to a new name change, there's also a new preview image, showing off not only the console, but also its two controllers. On the right, you have the Classic Controller that's modelled after the original VCS joystick. And on the left, you have the Modern Controller, which looks the stock gamepad you get these days, only with an orange thumbstick and a shitty D-Pad.

Now Atari says there're more details to come in April and for anyone who cares about this thing, this should probably get you excited for some reason. Personally, I'd be more interested in the reactions from the community than I am the actual console. I've already shared my piece months ago and I've seen nothing that would change my stance on the matter.

Engadget has (slightly) more details here.

On a sidenote, I'm currently recovering from a cold; hence the lack of videos. I'm hoping to get the last of the Mega Man stuff out by the end of the week, but I don't want to jinx it out of fear that I might catch something else along the way.

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