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April 2019 Retro Gaming Article


April 17, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Atari chimes in to gloat about AMD acknowledging their game console project

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Atari is employing a sexy new chipset, but still hasn't mentioned any developers who are onboard to make Atari VCS games.
With AMD announcing its new Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC, Atari seemed thrilled to be mentioned in the press release. They sent out an email about it. In typical Atari form, there was no real news about the Atari VCS game console. We already knew about the chip upgrade - last email from Atari discussed the 7-month delay on the console because they were switching chips.

From the AMD Press Release:
Customers like Advantech, ASRock Industrial, IBASE, Netronome, Quixant and others are already working on Ryzen Embedded R1000-based products. As well, Atari is using the high-performance Vega 3 graphics and 'Zen' CPU architecture in the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC to power the upcoming Atari VCS game system.
At this late stage, they still don't seem to have a working prototype or new games for the system. Nor have they mentioned any developers who might be creating games for the console. I presume this new AMD chip isn't needed to play 1980's Missile Command. Atari really needs to reassure backers that there will be some modern games at launch - in addition to Roller Coaster Tycoon!

Atari could do very well for themselves as a lifestyle brand with a creative soft-goods line. Buying the Atari name doesn't make them game developers any more than buying a potato makes me a farmer. Stick with what you're good at. I'd be all over some cool Atari merch.

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