Pre-orders for a new Atari game console eclipsed $2 million in the first day they were offered through Indiegogo. The campaign proved so popular that it crashed the crowdfunding website for a portion of the day. Called the Atari VCS, the new console is available in three bundles. The $299 package features a real wood veneer on the front of the console and includes a Bluetooth-enabled, retro-styled Atari joystick controller. The $199 package includes an all-black version of the console, while a $229 package includes the black version with a joystick. Each console comes with more than 100 Atari games called the “Atari Vault” and will include titles such titles as Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Gravitar, Missile Command and Yars’ Revenge. A similar collection of games sells on Steam for $9.99. A more modern, Atari-branded dual-stick controller is sold separately for $49. Now that it’s out in the wild, the pitch on Indiegogo sounds interesting. The VCS touts an … [Read more...] about Atari console pre-orders eclipse $2M in a single day on Indiegogo
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Atari, once a forerunner of the video game revolution and now a primarily French-owned collection of related media companies, has plans for a new game console called the Atari VCS. After a false start last year, the company is ready to offer pre-orders through the crowdfunding website IndieGoGo on May 30. The VCS isn’t just a box for playing old Atari games. It’s a Linux-based living room PC, a sector of the consumer technology market that has seen more than its fair share of failures. So who actually needs this device? And why is a multi-million dollar corporation with global brand recognition resorting to a crowdfunding campaign to have it made? What’s in the box? The Atari VCS was first announced as the Ataribox. At the time, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais — who is also Atari’s largest shareholder — crowed that his organization was back in the hardware business. But the effort hit an unspecified snag in mid-December and the launch of the IndieGoGo … [Read more...] about Atari is crowdfunding a new console, but who is this device actually for?