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Atari VCS finally actually launches (in the US) on June 15

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After the crowdfunding campaign with lots of delays, more delays, a lawsuit and so on the Atari VCS will finally be released into stores (at least in the US) on June 15.

What Atari call a "console/PC hybrid" it runs a Linux-based operating system by default, with the option to use the PC Mode feature to run whatever other operating system you want. So you could turn it into a more traditional desktop-Linux based system if you wanted to.

Ports to the Atari VCS are also incredibly close to standard Linux desktop builds too. In fact, we've already seen the likes of Danger Scavenger and Jetboard Joust release on Steam for Linux after having a VCS build (along with others being available on Steam for Linux first, and then going to the VCS like Something Ate My Alien).

Atari said in their press release to expect new titles throughout the year, along with "free access to 100 arcade and Atari 2600 classics" and "free access to Antstream Arcade, the popular game streaming platform, which offers on-demand access to the world's largest collection of licensed retro titles".

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There's also Google Chrome built-in, along with a mobile companion application for controlling Chrome and other apps with a virtual mouse and keyboard. They also mentioned it enabling access to all other streaming services like Stadia and more.

Purchase options for the Atari VCS will be made available on June 15, 2021 via Best Buy, GameStop, Micro Center, and the official Atari VCS website and there will be special "unique launch-day promotions" from each. Launch day pricing will be $299.99 USD for the Atari VCS Onyx Base system, with the Atari VCS Black Walnut and Onyx All-In system bundles (which include the classic and modern controllers) will be available for $399.99 USD.

Specifications - based on what Atari provide:

Operating system Atari Custom Linux OS (Debian based)
APU AMD Raven Ridge 2 (RG1606G)
GPU AMD Ryzen
Storage 32GB eMMC fixed internal; internal M.2 SSD slot; unlimited external USB HD/stick; cloud (subscription required)
RAM 8GB DDR4 RAM (upgradable)
Compatible Systems Linux, Windows, Steam OS, Chrome OS
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4/5GHz, Bluetooth 4.0
Ports HDMI 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 4x USB 3.1
USB: 2x front, 2x rear
Dimensions 11.6" x 5.9" x 1.9" (Approx.)

See more on the Atari VCS website.

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Quoting: elmapulworse than that, some people are already installing windows on it to get acess to more games. if most people do that, then supporting it will be useless to increase our marketshare

We've come full circle guys. Imagine, people who want to use Windows have to start from a device shipped with Linux XD. So funny.

I've been on the fence about this device for a while and set low-expectations imagining it would never come to fruition. But seeing as how they will be launching with some retailers like BestBuy, GameStop, etc... that's off to a good start. I guess I'll see you all in about 2 weeks to see what the verdict is from the Linux Sphere.
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Quoting: elmapulworse than that, some people are already installing windows on it to get acess to more games. if most people do that, then supporting it will be useless to increase our marketshare

We've come full circle guys. Imagine, people who want to use Windows have to start from a device shipped with Linux XD. So funny.

I've been on the fence about this device for a while and set low-expectations imagining it would never come to fruition. But seeing as how they will be launching with some retailers like BestBuy, GameStop, etc... that's off to a good start. I guess I'll see you all in about 2 weeks to see what the verdict is from the Linux Sphere.
Sadly this happened with the eeebooks (I think that's what they were called. Those little mini laptops from way back when). They came with Linux and most users would install WinXP on them.
elmapul 3 Jun
Quoting: ElectricPrism
Quoting: elmapulworse than that, some people are already installing windows on it to get acess to more games. if most people do that, then supporting it will be useless to increase our marketshare

We've come full circle guys. Imagine, people who want to use Windows have to start from a device shipped with Linux XD. So funny.

I've been on the fence about this device for a while and set low-expectations imagining it would never come to fruition. But seeing as how they will be launching with some retailers like BestBuy, GameStop, etc... that's off to a good start. I guess I'll see you all in about 2 weeks to see what the verdict is from the Linux Sphere.

what i'm talking about have precedent.
the government of my country did an tax reduction to computers shiped with linux, what did happen? the marketshare grow? nope, people instaled an pirated version of windows.
Hmm. I'm feeling this. I will hit Microcenter when it comes out and decide then. Right now I downsized a lot of my tech at home and I'm looking to upgrade in 2023 but I can sell my current rig now and get $200 on top of what I paid for it in 2009 and get this instead for my main gaming rig. Hmm Hmm
sarmad 4 Jun
Sounds promising. I can see a lot of people interested in such a device, especially that it has a full Chrome browser, something that no other console/media center has.
Lightkey 4 Jun
Just wow at the make-believe SoC naming.
For anyone else having trouble searching for the model names: They sneaked in another G into the actual Ryzen Embedded R1606G denomination. There is also no Raven Ridge 2, the actual codename is Banded Kestrel, a Zen (not even Zen+) dual-core at 3.5 GHz boost and the "AMD Ryzen" GPU is a Vega 3 at 1.2 GHz.
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