The Atari VCS, potentail pitfalls for this reemerging competitor. On 734Games (Video)

Atari VCS RAM upgraded to 8GB and Atari confirm you can put a normal Linux distribution on it

While I remain quite sceptical of the Atari VCS, I’m still pretty interested in it as a Linux gaming device. Atari recently did a Q&A blog post detailing some interesting information about it. The post is written by Rob Wyatt, the System Architect for the Atari VCS device. If the name Rob Wyatt doesn’t ring a bell—they were the original Xbox system architect.

The VCS hardware will be powered by an AMD Bristol Ridge family APU with Radeon R7 graphics and is now going to get 8 gigabytes of unified memory. This is a huge upgrade from what was originally specified and unlike other consoles it’s all available, we won’t reserve 25% of hardware resources for system use.

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Atari VCS (2019 console)

Atari VCS (Code Named Ataribox) is an upcoming home video game console produced by Atari, SA. The system was first revealed in June 2017 and pre-orders began on May 30, 2018.[4] While its physical design is intended to pay homage to the Atari 2600, the new Atari VCS is expected to play modern games and streaming entertainment via a Linux-based operating system that will allow users to download and install other compatible games onto it. The system shares a name with Atari, Inc.‘s 1977 Video Computer System, usually shortened to VCS, which was renamed to the Atari 2600 in late 1982.

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