My Take on the New Atari VCS

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Last week, Atari announced its latest gaming offering: the all-new Atari VCS. Formerly called the “Ataribox,” (from a defunct Kickstarter campaign from last year), the new VCS is a Linux-based machine with an AMD processor that promises to run games old and new. But even with the reveal, there still remained questions about the Atari VCS’s exact features and purpose. Venture Beat recently posted an interview with Atari CEO Fred Chesnais, who shed a little light on the matter, saying that the VCS may be built for nostalgia, but that it’s a totally modern machine that will come with classic (Atari) games installed and have the ability to stream.  For “$249,” you’ll get the console with two controllers – one a modern take on the old Atari joystick and the other looking like an Xbox controller wrapped in Atari’s signature black and orange color scheme. Of the new…

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