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Atari disputes reports that its retro-inspired console is doomed

Atari put out a lengthy development update for the Atari VCS console earlier this week, on the identical day that The Register reported that the mission is experiencing vital difficulties. One supply with data of the mission reportedly described it as a “shit show,” and the console is reportedly shaping as much as be extra of a Linux PC than a devoted video games console.

Atari’s publish sought to guarantee backers that the mission is continuing as deliberate. Amidst quite a few images of the console’s circuit boards and chassis, the corporate claimed that the molds for the plastic housing of the console are “largely complete,” that its controllers and joysticks are “just about ready for mass production,” and that it expects to host hands-on preview occasions for the console later this fall.

The Register’s report, nevertheless, paints a really totally different image of the console’s growth. For starters, the console’s lead architect, Rob Wyatt, has stop the mission and claimed that his design consultancy hasn’t been paid in over six months. Wyatt’s Tin Giant consultancy was employed to develop the console’s {hardware} and software program shortly earlier than the console’s $three million IndieGoGo campaign got here to an in depth in June final 12 months.

The report goes on to say that the so-called “console” will truly operate extra like a PC in a custom-chassis, and can run on an ordinary Linux distribution after Atari’s executives refused to approve the event of a {custom} working system. It can even reportedly not characteristic an app retailer, one other widespread characteristic of most consoles. Atari’s post seems to partially disagree with this evaluation, and mentions what it calls the machine’s “custom Atari operating system.” However, even Atari admits that the machine operates “more like a computer than a fully-functional game system at the moment.”

The console additionally reportedly suffers from a myriad of different software program points. The Register claims that the console’s controllers may not work persistently throughout video games, as you’d anticipate a console controller to, and that the promised streaming apps will truly encompass internet apps accessed by a modified browser. The report says that the console, which is able to retail for costs beginning at $250 within the US, is successfully only a Steam Machine, a Linux PC designed for gaming.

Unsurprisingly, Atari disagreed with most of the claims made in The Register’s report. ”Atari needs to tell you that a few of your questions point out that you simply possess data that’s incorrect and/or outdated,” an announcement given to The Register from Atari’s PR agency learn, “In addition, some aspects of the Atari VCS project clearly have been leaked to you in violation of existing confidentiality agreements, and Atari therefore hereby reserves its rights in that respect.”

We have contacted Atari to ask when the marketing campaign’s backers, in addition to clients who’ve pre-ordered the console from GameStop and Walmart can anticipate to obtain their consoles, and we’ll replace this piece with its response. In the meantime it’s properly value studying The Register’s report in its entirety for a full catalog of the problems the console is reportedly going through.

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