I almost can't believe it. The retro console Atari VCS might actually be shipping soon, as their initial production run sounds like it went well.
After so many delays, a lack of clear communication often and still next to no games actually announced for it, IndieGoGo backers on the original campaign will get it in their hands first as they originally announced. In the post on IndieGoGo, it wasn't made entirely clear how many units have been produced so far but they called it the "Indiegogo production run" and that "Mass production is almost complete". From the wording it sounds like anyone who has pre-ordered the console are not included just yet but presumably that's all ongoing.
They showed off more production pictures on their Medium Blog too.
We've had many doubts, still plenty left but either way, it's quite nice to know that there's real movement going on with the first set of consoles actually on the way to the Atari VCS team and then backers shortly after.
They're still saying other pre-orders will ship this year, with the full bundle of the ATARI VCS 800 model with both modern and retro pads for $389.99. This comes with Atari World, their Linux-based operating system with a custom user interface designed for big-screen play although the system will support running other operating systems too which is one of the reasons we were initially interested.
See more on the official site.