It seems the Atari VCS is not dead and will actually be seeing a launch this year, as Atari themselves have now confirmed.
After a successful crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo that raised over three million dollars they've seen repeated delays, a lawsuit or two and plenty of ridicule from other publications. Still, they kept at it, giving out updates on their Medium blog about the ongoing production and optimization process.
Back in April they claimed mass production had started, although when you saw the actual post details it was only 500 units total. Not exactly mass production but okay, whatever. Last month in June they mentioned they had 96 actually be delivered to them, although 500 were in fact produced with "more than 10,000 VCS units this summer" to be ready.
The latest update posted today on their IndieGoGo page states that the recently released Missile Command: Recharged will also be a day-1 title for the Atari VCS. As far as I can tell, apart from the Atari Vault, that's the only game to be fully confirmed apart from the Antstream Arcade retro streaming service although we do expect more to be announced.
What's interesting there though, is they said "on the upcoming Atari VCS™ in fall 2020", so going by that you would think it's launching in Fall 2020. Actually though, as confirmed in a Twitter post today their plan is for IndieGoGo backers to get their unit in October with pre-orders "this holiday season".
The Atari-VCS launches with their Linux-based operating system which is now confirmed to be called "Atari World", and the ability to run any other operating system on it so if you wanted you could load up Ubuntu on it.
Coming in multiple different editions, some of which are exclusive to stores in America. It can be picked up as a bundle for about $400 with the Atari VCS 800 system, Atari Classic Joystick, Atari Modern Controller, Power Supply and HDMI cable or $300 for just the VCS 800.
See more on the official site.