The Atari VCS console combines an AMD Ryzen with Radeon Vega graphics

As time goes by, and we haven’t talked about Atari VCS since June 2018, and at least now there are really good reasons to do so, such as finally knowing the kind of hardware this console will integrate.

The Atari VCS console combines an AMD Ryzen with Radeon Vega graphics

This console will finally use a custom AMD Ryzen APU with 2 Zen cores along with AMD Radeon Vega graphics. This combination offers high performance, high efficiency, low temperatures and allows native playback of 4K content as it provides full support for new generation DRM (Netflix, HBO, etc.).

This upgrade will result in better overall performance in a cooler, quieter enclosure with minimal impact on our manufacturing processes. While further specifications for the new AMD processor will be announced prior to market launch, there are several ways in which AMD’s new Ryzen processor is much better suited to this project, enabling Atari VCS to deliver on its promise of being a unique product and a highly flexible platform for developers.

Atari VCS completed its financing for Indiegogo with an impressive €2.67 million, an increase of 2956% over Atari’s requirement to bring its console to life for developer, creativity and customization.

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Originally, the first units were expected to be delivered in July 2019, but this date has been somewhat delayed until the end of this year, however, this delay is very rewarding only considering the use of the Zen microarchitecture along with Radeon Vega graphics, as these 2x Zen cores already offer much more performance than the 8x Excavator @ 28nm in Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro, and all with a lower consumption.