Atari VCS: what's new and skepticism in equal measure


Although many remain quite skeptical about the launch and success of the new Atari VCS, others await it with great interest. It is not just another video game console, and not only because it comes from the mythical Atari, but because it aims to unite the best of the modern world of digital entertainment with those classic video games that so captivated gamers at that time. A vintage console for lovers of the classics and that will also have new titles available for it.

But the many problems and delays that the project is experiencing have not pleased some. However, from the project it seems that its developers continue to give good news and updates that show that it is in good health, and if it is finally launched and is a success it would also be a triumph for Linux, since never before had a Linux-based game console had so much to talk about, except for Valve's Steam Machine, but we all know the sales results of this one ...Recently, Atari has published in its official blog of questions and answers quite detailed information about the classic console. The information has been specifically written by Rob wyatt, one of the system architects working to make this Atari VCS device possible, and who was also the original architect of Microsoft's Xbox, so the name might sound familiar to you.

The information reflects some improvements, such as that they have decided to upgrade the RAM memory from the 4GB they had planned to the 8GB, so the hardware performance will improve and it will be possible to run more AAA video games. You already know that it will move thanks to a custom AMD APU based on the Bristol Ridge microarchitecture and with Radeon R7 GPU for graphics, which will share part of those 8GB with the CPU. 25% of the hardware resources will be reserved for the system and the rest for games.

They have also explained why they have not chosen an AMD Ryzen, and it is because it would mean an increase in cost and for thermal reasons. And another very important thing, once the video game for the Atari VCS (AtariOS based on Linux) is created, shortly after we will have that same video game available for the usual GNU / Linux distros (OtherOS video game mode) available on Steam, GOG, and other sites.

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