Three new Atari consoles to celebrate 40 years of VCS 2600



Throughout 2017 we will be able to attend the launch of three new Atari consoles. One of them is the mysterious Ataribox project, and the other two are retro consoles (with and without games included) based on the legendary VCS 2600, which turns 40.

In 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of the legendary Atari VCS 2600 , the video game console, with the characteristic wooden front and metal switches, where we could play legendary cartridges like Activision’s Pitfall, Pacman and Space Invaders versions, and Which many consider worst game of all time: ET .

To celebrate this anniversary, this year we will receive three new consoles, in addition to Gameband, a smartwatch for gamers . Yesterday we echoed the first teaser of the console Ataribox , a new video game machine brand, which still does not know power, specifications or catalog of games available. Although we do know that it will take advantage of the pull of retro games , since it takes advantage of the original design of the VCS.

But that is not all. Two more brands are announcing products related to the machine. Hyperkin, which has shown the smartboy to turn our Android phone into a classic Game Boy , will launch the year-end RetroN 77. It is a console to play with our old cartridges but in 1080p resolution via HDMI output. It is compatible with the classic controls – it includes the characteristic joystick with lever and a single trigger button – and also has modern USB inputs for gamepad.

Retron 77

We still do not know what price RetroN 77 will have or its final release date, but it seems the perfect companion to complete the family of cartridges that we can play with RetroN 5 and the cartridge adapter for game Sega Master System and Game Gear . But what do we do if we want to enjoy the Atari games but do not keep the cartridges

This time AtGames is the company that offers us a solution. Experts in the creation of retro consoles, in particular of Sega Megadrive, Master System, Colecovision, Intellivision and Atari, have just announced the new Atari Flashback 8 Gold . This is a machine of reduced design, as it has happened with Nintendo Classic Mini NES, that includes 120 classic games in memory.

Atari flashback gold

It will be priced at 79.95 euros, and will come with two wireless joysticks, although it also has ports for the original Atari VCS controls. In addition, it connects to the TV via HDMI and offers a resolution of 720p via HDMI port. If you want to enjoy any of these games anywhere, there is also a portable version of Atari Flashback, with 60 games in memory .

Finally, there is the possibility of playing 100 classic Atari games on our PS4 and Xbox One , thanks to the launch of Atari Flashback Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 , Badland Games, on April 7. And here we leave a story with Nintendo Classic Mini NES and other retro consoles . Here we leave a report on the 20 best games of Atari VCS 2600 .