Atari VCS with Controller

The Atari VCS is set to be powered by the latest AMD APU which the company unveiled this week putting Atari’s home console on par with current-gen systems.

While there’s been some doubt about the Atari VCS, this news comes as a surprise. This week AMD announced the expansion of its APUs with the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC. This new chip is set to be faster, cooler, and more efficient than previous AMD APUs, and will allow the Atari VCS to have improved architecture and cooling.

According to a press release, this new chip includes built-in Ethernet, Native 4K video support, and secure frame buffer which supports DRM video such as Netflix, HBO, and other streaming services.

This, of course, boosts Atari’s mission to release not only an Atari-branded home console but to offer a console that does more than just games. What’s more, the new chip offers a secure environment for users to install their own OS alongside Atari’s own OS.

Atari VCS Render

“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,” said Michael Arzt, COO of Atari Connected Devices. “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.”

While details are still pretty murky as to what we can expect from Atari’s console, we’ll likely find out more as time draws on as it has a projected Q4 2019 launch.

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