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Should You Buy An Atari VCS

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When it comes to the epic Console Wars, there’s no room for failure. Every gaming company is trying to push their way into a crowded field in order to stand out and present products that gamers actually want to pay for. It’s not easy. The new Playstation 5, the Xbox Series X and the Nintendo Switch all dominate the marketplace. So with consoles like that on the market, what does Atari hope to do with their new Atari VCS console?
Well, a lot actually! The long-delayed new console from one of the original pioneers of console gaming is finally on track to release in Spring of 2021 after a series of huge setbacks and delays. Now the question on everyone’s mind is whether taking the chance and buying one of these new consoles is actually worth it in the long run.
Because on the surface the new console looks like it does come with some cool features that both embrace the nostalgia of their Atari 2600, while also pushing things forward to the modern age. Yes you’ll be able to access all the classic Atari games when you purchase it, but you can play them with either a redesigned classic wireless joystick, or a more updated handheld controller. The console also presents a unique element that can basically turn your Atari VCS into a mini-computer complete with its own Operating System. All those features at least make us interested, but at the end of the day, does it’s hefty price tag discourage gamers from actually buying it?
Check out today’s video all about the Atari VCS. When you’re done, be sure to hit that big like and subscribe button for more awesome TheGamer content like this. So what are you waiting for! Go watch the video so I can go play Frogger online...
00:00 Intro
00:40 A New Spin on an Old Classic
04:45 But Is It Worth It?
07:10 To Buy Or Not To Buy?
07:47 Outro
Written by: Jacoby Bancroft
Narrated by: Anthony Watkins
Edited by: Peter G.

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  1. Mark Wilkins

    Mark Wilkins

    Kun oldin

    189$ tops

  2. johnp8587

    johnp8587

    Kun oldin

    Atari needs to start pushing out some games. Maybe some jaguar games. And if system horsepower is a problem they need to pull a nintendo switch. 1st party exclusives and low rez versions of modern games.

  3. Gone 2morrow

    Gone 2morrow

    2 kun oldin

    It is too pricey but I'm still all in. Waiting for it to get to my door

  4. meneerjansen00

    meneerjansen00

    4 kun oldin

    Answer: *noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo* ! 1. This worthless piece of crap needs an expensive and hard to install upgrade to play modern (PC) games. 2. PC games are not designed for a "frozen in time" system. In 6 months you will NOT be able to play PC games. So buy a Raspberry Pi, save hundreds of dollars and be happy. P.S. Buy a Xbox series S from the money you saved.

  5. Cresso The Grey

    Cresso The Grey

    5 kun oldin

    You don't need PC mode for Netflix and stuff. Any streaming service on Chrome is already available on the VCS because it has Chrome. In fact, all the streaming apps you see are just Chrome shortcuts.

  6. matt s

    matt s

    5 kun oldin

    There is another video on this thing where some geek(not meant in a bad way) tests and disassembles this console. You could tell he was surprised and tried his hardest not to look impressed. It was cool because the guts of it actually have some easter eggs.

  7. Mario Morales

    Mario Morales

    5 kun oldin

    You can get Atari games in a bunch of consoles, and there's the Flashback for maybe 50 bucks. There's no way that this is their main draw. The main reason to get it is for the PC functionality, but it's not that powerful.

    • Josh

      Josh

      4 kun oldin

      There is more to the 'main reason' but Atari hasn't revealed it yet.

  8. Thin Deezal HD

    Thin Deezal HD

    6 kun oldin

    LMBO....might as well buy and Xbox Series X! if you want old games, use an emulator...NOT WORTH THE MONEY!!!!

  9. xxno464xx85

    xxno464xx85

    6 kun oldin

    Switch from Frogger to a more modern game at the flick of a button? Can literally do that on my PC ready and much more. It's not even an impressive rig.

  10. Christopher Mills

    Christopher Mills

    7 kun oldin

    Looking forward to picking one of these up for next to nothing on eBay in a year’s time.

  11. The_og_boi

    The_og_boi

    7 kun oldin

    *xbox* “IM THE BEST” *ps5* “NO ME” *atari* “hold my controller”

  12. 7even Sinners

    7even Sinners

    7 kun oldin

    Looks like they’re aiming to be more of a novelty item. . which explains the high price because they know only hardcore fans are going to buy it.

  13. Rocket Runner

    Rocket Runner

    8 kun oldin

    Well, you did get your wish via Pong Quest

  14. sv2935

    sv2935

    8 kun oldin

    i have a voice for making vidfeos, "cough, cough, HACK, HACK!"

  15. Ez G

    Ez G

    8 kun oldin

    I have to admit I thought it was a scam for a long time. Now that it's in some backers hands I believe the price is too high and they need more games. Some of the games they havd exclusive now is nice but not worth that price. $120 cheaper would be a good price point.

  16. Gengar

    Gengar

    9 kun oldin

    This guy really doesn't understand pc emulation of the atari 2600-Jaguar very well.

  17. BEN064 W.

    BEN064 W.

    9 kun oldin

    I’m eyeballing it not for nostalgia(I’m 16) I’m looking at the new stuff it can do.

    • steven correa

      steven correa

      2 kun oldin

      It will be nostalgic when you're 50

  18. BEN064 W.

    BEN064 W.

    9 kun oldin

    Can it run gta v? That game was on the 360, so if it can’t run that, I might not get it.

    • Josh

      Josh

      4 kun oldin

      Yes, it can. Uograde the ram for best results.

  19. J

    J

    10 kun oldin

    price is to much high!!

  20. bassandmusic

    bassandmusic

    10 kun oldin

    I'll buy it but I'll need 3 things: Perfect ports of all the best Jaguar games, Tempest, Aliens, Atari Karts etc The internet, Netflix and UZtop At least as much power as the current consoles I've been waiting 20 years for this Atari- DON'T F*** IT UP!!!!!!!!! Cheers

  21. Max Spreitzer

    Max Spreitzer

    10 kun oldin

    am getting i loved the and i still got my the st1040 and works good still like new

  22. Wilson Creek BLUETICKS

    Wilson Creek BLUETICKS

    10 kun oldin

    I'm definitely gonna buy this

  23. Mr. A

    Mr. A

    11 kun oldin

    I might buy it just because I’m tired of hearing about PS5 vs xbox sx, scalpers etc...heck I’ll buy any other consoles that throws their hat in the race at this point

    • Takedown Mak

      Takedown Mak

      10 kun oldin

      Couldn't agree more! It's time for some new Console to make a mark.

  24. Alex

    Alex

    11 kun oldin

    the $400 tag is only if you want it with both controllers, otherwise it's less than $300, you can use just about any controller you want if you already own other USB controllers. also keep in mind, you'll own the digital games you purchase and will also be allowed to resell digital games if you want to.

  25. DSXG Plays

    DSXG Plays

    11 kun oldin

    No. You shouldn't. You can get a calculator to emulate this, no matter how crappy your pc or phone is, it will run. Just get a ROM and emulator.

  26. Lvg giorgio

    Lvg giorgio

    11 kun oldin

    if you want a atari 2600 in 2021, just buy one of the thousends atari flashback models. You get the better resolution, it comes with over 120 games and you can stick an sd card in it, but most importantly it cost like 50 $

  27. photosurrealism

    photosurrealism

    12 kun oldin

    I've had mine for a while now. The recent software update made the controllers work a lot better, but I've still had some trouble with them being overly touchy on classic games. Only new one I've tried is the Missile Command Remix, which only works with the "modern controller". There's an iOS app to act as a "remote" for it, which is nice (and necessary before the controllers would pair reliably) and makes the apps like Chrom a lot more usable.

  28. Melflex Strangleford

    Melflex Strangleford

    12 kun oldin

    The real question is can I even buy an Atari? At the moment it's easier to buy a PS5 than the Atari as there is no stock of the Atari what's so ever.

  29. AleckGamer40

    AleckGamer40

    12 kun oldin

    TheGamer: Fake Ataris can give you a ton of viruses Me: Good thing I have anti-virus

  30. Gaming Frame

    Gaming Frame

    12 kun oldin

    oh yeah

  31. Winter Soldier

    Winter Soldier

    12 kun oldin

    I'll buy one why not I have paid more for a phone .

  32. Almost Literally

    Almost Literally

    12 kun oldin

    I enjoy mine. I upgraded the ram to 32GB and added internal SSD with win10. It’s a great system actually

  33. Ratchet The Lombax

    Ratchet The Lombax

    12 kun oldin

    A GTA REMAKE SHOULD NEVER BE COME REMAKES ARE RUBBISH

  34. Mc nuggets Gaming

    Mc nuggets Gaming

    12 kun oldin

    Warning for words hell hay finally I can play old games

  35. Peter MacNab

    Peter MacNab

    12 kun oldin

    Did I see the arcade Space Invaders ?

  36. Dark_Ninja

    Dark_Ninja

    12 kun oldin

    Want to see something cool while watching a youtube video type awesome in your keyboard and the play bar should turn rainbow

  37. Shawndell Rivers

    Shawndell Rivers

    12 kun oldin

    I actually really like the $400 price i do think the atari vcs is worth it in my honest opinion and atari did say that they are listening to feedback of everyone's difference honest opinion on the atari vcs they are gonna improve on it later on in the future things just take time and atari did say this is just the beginning i think good things happen when we are patient

  38. Christopher Langer

    Christopher Langer

    12 kun oldin

    Personally, I saw it as a low price pc, not a high price console, as my computer is older and very broken

  39. Ed Gein

    Ed Gein

    12 kun oldin

    Yeah buy it and never receive it. Apparently preordering from their website doesn't exactly mean preordering. It just means you won't get it because they forgot about you. Haha

    • Josh

      Josh

      11 kun oldin

      Preorders are arriving in Australia as we speak- there is a guy who made a video on UZtop, and another guy who made a twitter post.

  40. Stephen Davis

    Stephen Davis

    12 kun oldin

    AMAZING editing and video work!! Truly stellar - you are a modern pioneer in this, and set a unprecedented standard for everyone else out there!!

  41. Chante Johnson

    Chante Johnson

    12 kun oldin

    They probably haven't even played it lol

  42. MrHuckabst

    MrHuckabst

    13 kun oldin

    PS5 and Series x has some much needed competition.

  43. the7valleys

    the7valleys

    13 kun oldin

    Is it real? They faked the games that played on it in their adverts. I worry the whole thing is just a scam.

  44. Jason Braun

    Jason Braun

    13 kun oldin

    I preordered one in August 2020 and still haven’t gotten it. So my advice is to hold off until they actually get some in stock. They are not reliable at all with shipping times.

    • Jidcruz1

      Jidcruz1

      6 kun oldin

      I'm from Philippines, Around early February our Unit came in. It went heck of a journey though all over USA and Asia according to Dad since he is a backer who loved the OG Atari VCS.

    • Josh

      Josh

      13 kun oldin

      When you pre-ordered, it was expected to ship in December. Then they announced in Oct 20- not long after you preordered, that AMD was having supply issues (like countless other companies due to covid)- and they would start shipping preorders in the spring. There is a UZtop video, and a Twitter post both just a few days ago, 2 different people- in Australia have received their pre-order. More will come- as well as more outlets. It is now listed on Amazon Australia with a release date of March 1. Atari has already said stateside it will soon be on Microcenter and 'another major U.S. retailer.'

  45. Bro Bh

    Bro Bh

    13 kun oldin

    Awesome video to see man

  46. Mike Stavola

    Mike Stavola

    13 kun oldin

    No.

  47. wade johnson

    wade johnson

    13 kun oldin

    This is going to fail when it's priced the same as a digital ps5

    • wade johnson

      wade johnson

      13 kun oldin

      @Josh what play old atari games lol they will put those games out in a giant collection game for ps5 they do every console generation

    • Josh

      Josh

      13 kun oldin

      Not when it does things the PS5 can't... apples and oranges.

  48. SL33PWALK3R.02

    SL33PWALK3R.02

    13 kun oldin

    i like this console. i dont have a high end pc. i've never played a console older than the original xbox, i'd say its worth it, cheeper than the ps5 and xbox series x.

    • Almost Literally

      Almost Literally

      7 kun oldin

      I have an Atari VCS. I use it every day as my main PC for internet and games. I upgraded it to 32GB RAM (overkill) and an internal 500GB M.2 SATA SSD. it boots windows 10 from the internal SSD in seconds flat. Great machine to own and use.

  49. SEaster IslanderS

    SEaster IslanderS

    13 kun oldin

    They NEED to lower the price of this console. It would be worth it if it was $100 or even $150 but I don't want to spend nearly the amount I spent on my very lucky purchase of the PS5 I currently own.

    • Josh

      Josh

      13 kun oldin

      You can't buy a mini PC with these specs for anywhere near $150, much less with the ability to upgrade the ram, add an ssd, has an OS, apps, games, store... the base model is only $280

  50. Mehrdad Hasanpour

    Mehrdad Hasanpour

    13 kun oldin

    Well... I don't trust it. It can be the next Cyberpunk.

    • Mehrdad Hasanpour

      Mehrdad Hasanpour

      11 kun oldin

      @Josh Still, I won't pre-buy that. I will wait... I actually searched for other documented videos. There are bunch of videos arguing how this is actually a scam! But, I still wait for my love for Atari. but, no order before release! o_O

    • Josh

      Josh

      13 kun oldin

      It runs Cyberpunk just as well as the 'other' consoles... go figure.

  51. James A.Ismail

    James A.Ismail

    13 kun oldin

    It's good for emulation.....

  52. Ξενοφων Βασιλοπουλος

    Ξενοφων Βασιλοπουλος

    13 kun oldin

    Awesome Atari is back . I can't wait to buy Atari VCS when it comes to Athens Greece

  53. Hmm K

    Hmm K

    13 kun oldin

    Def buying this, I have a crappy pc and this can be a mini pc for only 399$?! Heck yeah it’s worth it

    • Mike Stavola

      Mike Stavola

      13 kun oldin

      It's a $150 mini PC for $400

  54. Vort3xy

    Vort3xy

    13 kun oldin

    atari can run crysis

  55. That1PersonSus

    That1PersonSus

    13 kun oldin

    I hope this goes successful

  56. Cool Ghost12

    Cool Ghost12

    13 kun oldin

    Who else is getting it so they can play adventure and do the easter egg

    • Cool Ghost12

      Cool Ghost12

      13 kun oldin

      @Mike Stavola still brah

    • Mike Stavola

      Mike Stavola

      13 kun oldin

      Brah. Brah. Adventure is like a $10 game.

  57. Acepure 77

    Acepure 77

    13 kun oldin

    I will b buying this, EVEN IF, it never gets new games. I loved my 2600

  58. Emre Uluisik

    Emre Uluisik

    13 kun oldin

    I was jsut searching the Atari VCS videos7 hours ago, 30 minıtes ago I realized that you posted such a thing. Cool timing thx for the info.

  59. nate joe

    nate joe

    13 kun oldin

    I'm not even into PC gaming my favorite system is the Xbox but it sounds cool if this gets knocked down to 200 I'll definitely pick it up

  60. nate joe

    nate joe

    13 kun oldin

    Since you can do all of that I didn't know that the new Atari do that stuff if they would knock it down to 200 I would buy it

  61. Jason Howland

    Jason Howland

    13 kun oldin

    Honestly I just want it.

  62. nate joe

    nate joe

    13 kun oldin

    I heard this thing is going to be way too expensive I think they said around $500 I can't remember is it bad much I'm not buying it cuz I don't really like Atari

  63. Riz2336

    Riz2336

    13 kun oldin

    Umm... No. I'll stick to my switch, ps4, and saturn

  64. Captain Marvel's Son

    Captain Marvel's Son

    13 kun oldin

    I'm not sure if I will buy one, but it will be nice to play with a full-sized classic joystick again for so many arcade-style games instead of a d-pad.

  65. LipNuts the Gamer

    LipNuts the Gamer

    13 kun oldin

    I would get it but not a $400 sticker price

  66. Sheep Boy

    Sheep Boy

    13 kun oldin

    hell no

  67. Trappy Boi

    Trappy Boi

    13 kun oldin

    I love retro games, but like was said in this video, I'm not sure $400 is worth it. I have an old AV joystick I can use to play Mappy, Galaga, Ms. Pac-Man, Pole Position, and Galaga, so I can pretty much get my fix off of that. I already shelled out $300 for the Nintendo Switch, so even more for a console that's main selling point is playing a set-in-stone selection of games is just a bit much. One could save up just a bit more and get one of the other new-gen consoles, or even a vr headset, so that price is just all too steep for me. Of course, the pre-order price is at $400, so I expect another year or two will whittle that down to something more reasonable on top of having many of the kinks I'm sure it will have ironed out. Another problem I see is the joystick. There were plenty of varieties of classic control schemes on old arcade consoles and the like. I'd love to see the original Street Fighter's pressure controlled 2 button set up, or a six button scheme controller that a lot of older games used. Currently, this just seems like a pretty basic set up, but has a lot of potential. For now, I'll be watching from the sidelines to see where this goes.

  68. Ross Mclaughlin

    Ross Mclaughlin

    13 kun oldin

    Unfortunately as much as love the idea of vcs it's tad underpowered

  69. Ink Demon

    Ink Demon

    13 kun oldin

    The New c64 or the c64 mini ?

  70. TRU_ RACER_YT_TECH

    TRU_ RACER_YT_TECH

    13 kun oldin

    I'll get a vcs once it hits clearance prices until then I can wait

  71. Aston Alex

    Aston Alex

    13 kun oldin

    The VCS should have come out in 2017. You’re either buying an 8th gen console or a microconsole

  72. Carla Parker

    Carla Parker

    13 kun oldin

    I got a feel like it’s worth the money

    • kings3411

      kings3411

      12 kun oldin

      Lol

  73. Martin Sarkis

    Martin Sarkis

    13 kun oldin

    $400 too much

  74. MrBeast 4

    MrBeast 4

    13 kun oldin

    Keep up the great work we love it Also btw can you do a review on razer deathadder And one on razer huntsman Edit: is it worth it if i dont have a pc?

  75. William Johnston

    William Johnston

    13 kun oldin

    Didn't it come out already

    • Josh

      Josh

      13 kun oldin

      It shipped to backers- and just started arriving for pre-sale buyers in Australia. Retail launch is this spring.

  76. LittleDemon MDLB

    LittleDemon MDLB

    13 kun oldin

    If I can go onto steam and play games from there then yeah I'm gonna get it otherwise nah it's nothing more than an expensive paper weight because if I wanted classic Atari games I can just get the three Atari collection games on PS4 or Xbox

    • James A.Ismail

      James A.Ismail

      13 kun oldin

      But it isn't powerful enough to play cyberpunk or something with high graphics (maybe I'm wrong)

  77. CyberAlexMM

    CyberAlexMM

    13 kun oldin

    No you shouldn’t. Cheap Linux PC in an Atari shaped box.

  78. MCKAIL Morningstar show

    MCKAIL Morningstar show

    13 kun oldin

    I plan on getting it

  79. Hector Diaz

    Hector Diaz

    13 kun oldin

    I'll definitely buy if I can get it for a reasonable price.

    • Spuknoggin

      Spuknoggin

      6 kun oldin

      @Pulsar perfect for the living room

    • R3Y From Smartiefy Studios

      R3Y From Smartiefy Studios

      13 kun oldin

      get one from ebay, its how imma get one

    • Ryan Bedoya

      Ryan Bedoya

      13 kun oldin

      The world may never know. Like tootsie roll pops.

    • Pulsar

      Pulsar

      13 kun oldin

      Why?

  80. REIGN

    REIGN

    13 kun oldin

    399? Nah u lost me there. Put it towards an lg cx!

  81. Jason Beard

    Jason Beard

    13 kun oldin

    Kinda dig it, not gonna lie. Price is definitely iffy.

  82. Ferrari 21

    Ferrari 21

    13 kun oldin

    Specs?????

  83. marss marss

    marss marss

    13 kun oldin

    Buy buy and buy it 😁

  84. Beep

    Beep

    13 kun oldin

    "can you imagine playing frogger and then casually switching over to a more modern computer game with a flick of a button?" I mean I can pretty much already do that on my pc.

  85. Knight Industries Two Thousand

    Knight Industries Two Thousand

    13 kun oldin

    I had an Atari 2600 as a kid. Some of my best childhood memories. 👍🏻

    • Black Bird

      Black Bird

      9 kun oldin

      The only two games I remember are adventure and yar’s revenge

    • Omar

      Omar

      11 kun oldin

      Cool

    • Mark MD

      Mark MD

      12 kun oldin

      Same

    • Matthew Lane

      Matthew Lane

      13 kun oldin

      Hell yes

  86. rafael manalili

    rafael manalili

    13 kun oldin

    Nah am not into this,I just bought i ps5 and a xbox series x and now this.

  87. 4runneraintrunning

    4runneraintrunning

    13 kun oldin

    seems really interesting

  88. God Of Destruction Jay Drain

    God Of Destruction Jay Drain

    13 kun oldin

    My brain cells

  89. Neo Mphoreng

    Neo Mphoreng

    13 kun oldin

    hi i love your vids

  90. the bean deamon

    the bean deamon

    13 kun oldin

    53rd

  91. Okechukwu Onyekuru

    Okechukwu Onyekuru

    13 kun oldin

    Thanks for nothing uurr😡😡😡😡

  92. The Artemis

    The Artemis

    13 kun oldin

    TF another console the last is KFConsole now this

  93. ActuallyFinnWolfhard

    ActuallyFinnWolfhard

    13 kun oldin

    simple answer: if you love the 80’s then YES

    • Retro Ryan

      Retro Ryan

      13 kun oldin

      And late 70s

  94. do you are have spEED

    do you are have spEED

    13 kun oldin

    you're taking it too far dude stop i'm not going to buy a gameboy advanced next please no

  95. JA

    JA

    13 kun oldin

    8th

  96. johnson pathmanaden

    johnson pathmanaden

    13 kun oldin

    5st

  97. ScScrafty

    ScScrafty

    13 kun oldin

    Ok

  98. Pete Smits

    Pete Smits

    13 kun oldin

    FIRST

    • SuperStarOof 123

      SuperStarOof 123

      13 kun oldin

      close ur actually 2nd

  99. Giovanni Ford

    Giovanni Ford

    13 kun oldin

    Yeet

    • Giovanni Ford

      Giovanni Ford

      13 kun oldin

      @SuperStarOof 123 lmfao tbh I don't care about being first I just saw the noti and felt like giving a word 😂 but thanks

    • SuperStarOof 123

      SuperStarOof 123

      13 kun oldin

      congrats on being first

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