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The Atari VCS is still a thing, will be powered by AMD’s new Ryzen Processor

The new Atari VCS console will use AMD’s new Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC.

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The new Atari VCS console will use AMD’s new Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC.

Never mind the PlayStation 5, today’s biggest console news relates to the Atari VCS. Well, maybe not, but it is interesting to discover that Atari’s new console will use AMD’s just announced Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC.

According to the chip’s product description, the R1000 “provides dual core, quad-threaded performance, as well as the ability to run fanless, low power solutions for 4K displays.” Atari say the chip will give the VCS a simpler, more effective power architecture and thermal solution.

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In a press statement, Michael Arzt, COO of Atari Connected Devices, added:

“With the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 powering the Atari VCS, we can support the 4K 60fps HDR content that users expect from a modern, secure gaming and entertainment system. AMD’s new Ryzen Embedded SoC will also help protect the VCS’ environment and content as we support an unprecedented open-access model that allows Atari’s highly-creative community to install any other operating system side by side with the Atari OS.”

The Atari VCS is a Linux-based gaming and media streaming device set for release by the end of 2019. Development of the console was partly financed by $3 million dollars raised from 11,000 backers on crowd-funding site, IndieGoGo. Very little is known about the console, or its game library, other than it will include a digital store front, and access to the Atari Vault, a collection of over 100 classic games similar to the Atari Flashback Classics collection.

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We’re still dubious about the console’s chance of success, but we can’t lie, it does look the part, which is more than can be said for the Capcom Home Arcade.

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