Yes, you read it well, Atari is releasing a new console: the Atari VCS (Video Computer System). But what the hell is that? Well, more it is more than a console and almost a PC, with an AMD Ryzen processor, Radeon GPU and either 4 or 8gb of rams.
The Atari VCS is an open platform capable of booting up and running multiple operating systems (Windows, Linux, etc.) to access games, content, and apps available online. This can be done by simply attaching an external USB drive that has the desired OS installed. It is also possible to connect to the console USB or Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, controllers, and most other PC peripherals.
Because it is similar to a computer, it is also possible to run some apps like Netflix, Hulu, Twitch or even Youtube. Good to mention that the console supports 4K streaming video and perfect emulation.
The console actually launches into a dashboard, which presents a selection of games, plus a navigation menu of destinations like the Atari store, apps, and settings. The dashboard is anchored by a window in the center that can reboot the system into the Atari Sandbox mode, to connect to an operating system.
For the moment the console is only available for US customers and does cost $249.99 for the base model and up to $389.99l. It seems a lot, but like mentioned, this is the equivalent to a small computer. The classic and modern joystick will be at $49.99 and $59.99 respectively. The console will be available in 2020.