Atari’s upcoming console, its first in 20 years, is officially named Atari VCS.
Atari unveiled the console’s name today alongside two controller prototypes and an official logo. The first controller is a joystick reminiscent of the Atari 2600’s, while the second resembles a modern Xbox controller, complete with asymmetrical analog sticks and ABXY buttons. A preorder date for Atari VCS will be revealed in April.
Atari’s “retro-inspired gaming and entertainment platform,” previously known as Ataribox, was first teased at last year’s E3. Atari later revealed more details, saying it will be a “full PC experience for the TV, bringing you streaming, applications, social, browsing, music, and more.” Atari VCS will support pre-loaded retro Atari games, as well as “current titles from a range of studios.”
“With the Atari VCS name, we know how important it is to get everything completely right and that’s why we briefly paused an imminent launch late last year,” said Atari COO of Connected Devices Michael Arzt. “It was a difficult decision with the countdown underway, but we weren’t willing to go forward with even one thing out of alignment.”
Atari VCS will be shown off this week during GDC.