Take a First Look at the Atari VCS

At GDC this week, Atari was giving a first look at what was previously being called the ‘Atari box’, now officially called the Atari VCS.

Well, sort of. The unit I saw at the show wasn’t functional or final, but it is supposed to be representative of the final product. Atari was also showing off an in-development USB joystick, as well as a prototype controller.

Take a look at all of it in the slideshow below:

It turns out that the Atari VCS isn’t exactly what I was expecting, and I imagine is very different than what most assume it will be. It’s not really an Atari version of the NES Mini as much as it’s Atari’s take on making a Linux-based living room PC. We’ll have some more thoughts on what we learned later today.

Tom Marks is an Associate Editor focusing on PC gaming at IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.


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