THE PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch dominated console sales in 2018, finishing the year up on 2017’s impressive numbers, and it looks like a new rival is priming for release in 2019.
A new console rival to Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo is just months away from release.
That’s the latest news from a project that has been crowd-funded and now entering an important phase in 2019.
While many gamers are hoping for news about the PS5, Xbox Two and an upgraded Nintendo Switch, something else is also hitting the market.
As some will have already heard, a very well-known name is getting back into the console business.
This would be the resurrected Atari brand, which has a confirmed console heading for release in 2019.
Having raised million during a crowd-funding campaign, fans are now looking to see the final product launch in 2019.
The Atari VCS – originally named the Ataribox – was rebranded during 2018 and has been seeing updates posted on its official Indiegogo page.
The final post for 2018 covered news related to the company’s plans for the future, as well as a warning about those backers hoping to nab a console in 2019.
“There are still some backers that have not completed their BackerKit surveys,” the Atari message reads.
“If you haven’t done so because of a missing Backerkit email, please reach out directly to email@example.com with your Indiegogo order number(s) and other information
“If you have just ignored the survey, you may end up as your own worst enemy when we start shipping Atari VCS hardware in 2019, and your address or other information is not yet confirmed.”
The official site states that the Atari CVS should be shipping in July 2019, making it the next major rival to the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
For those that don’t know what the Atari VCS is, it’s a new console from the retro giants which will ship with 100+ classic Atari games pre-loaded.
But it’s aiming to be a lot more than just another Classic Mini console.
According to the official gaming blurb, Atari VCS will also support new games, as well as multiplayer and internet store access.
New and exclusive games will be announced this year which will be available to download or stream, including reimagined classic titles from Atari and other developers.
Atari has also promised that the VCS will have access to the Linux Sandbox, allow for more storage via cloud or USB, run multiple operating systems at once, as well as load Homebrew games.
We also know that Atari is going for a sleek new design for their gaming machine, with plenty of pictures available to view.
However, the Atari team has also warned that these prototypes may end up looking different from the final design. This is due to changes being made as the team put together the first unit to be released to backers.
The latest news from Atari, posted on Medium, explains: “Starting with the Atari VCS itself; as you hopefully expected, we have been able to improve upon the original design in several meaningful ways.
“There’s a lot of work going on “under the hood” as our engineers refine the circuit boards and hardware components inside the VCS, along with the cooling and power systems.
“These elements have an impact on how the components will go together and this, of course, means that the final product will be slightly evolved from the prototypes and appearance models that have been featured in the Indiegogo campaign, social media and the press in 2017 and 2018.
“All of this will be for the betterment of the final Atari VCS that customers receive next year.
“Things that may end up being subtly and/or dramatically impacted on the finished device include the overall unit dimensions, placements of input and output ports and connections, system assembly, venting, weight, and cosmetic surfaces.”
Hopes are high that the Atari VCS will start to hit shelves in 2019, with the team commenting on the 2019 holiday season as being a high point for their project.
And if the new gaming machine from the legendary company business does launch this year, it could share the news cycle with its next rivals – the PS5 and Xbox Two.
Microsoft and Sony have said little about their planned release date for their new gaming machines, although it’s very unlikely that they would be announced for launch in 2019.