Atari VCS Retro Console Pre-Orders Live Now

After laying low for years, Atari is set to return to the console business with a new retro-style video game machine, known as the Atari VCS. Releasing this March, the console will have 400 and 800 versions (which have 4GB and 8GB upgradeable RAM) and be compatible with both classic joystick and a new modern-style controller. You a new retro console sounds up your alley, you can pre-order an Atari VCS at GameStop or Walmart.

VCS stands for Video Computer System, a nod to Atari’s 1977 console bearing the same name. Revealed in 2017, it’s styled to look like those original Atari consoles, and will come pre-loaded with a selection of classic games you can play, but will also support the ability to download, stream, and play games through a Linux-based operating system, and that includes modern titles. We do not yet have a list of what that content might include, however. Under the hood we know the device will run an AMD Ryzen processor with Radeon graphics technology that supports 4K HDR streaming.

Atari ran a successful campaign for the arcade console throwback through Indiegogo, which has now wrapped up as official retail pre-orders become available. If you’re a die-hard Atari fan who missed out on that first round of pre-orders, we’re here to help you sort through all of the options so you can get the best deal on the Atari VCS for you.

Everything listed below will ship in March 2020. The All In bundles include an Atari VCS 800 console as well as both the classic joystick and modern controller to accommodate both kinds of gaming fans.

800 Onyx All-In Bundle

$390 ($380 at GameStop)

800 Carbon Gold All-In Bundle


800 Black Walnut All-In Bundle


Onyx Base Console

800 Model | 400 Model

$280 | $250

Pre-order the 800 at GameStop

Pre-order the 800 at Walmart

Pre-order the 400 at GameStop

Pre-order the 400 at Walmart

Classic Joystick


Modern Controller


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