Atari VCS specs revealed: 4GB DDR4 RAM, Radeon R7 graphics

Atari finally releases specs for its new modern-yet-classic Atari VCS console.

Published Wed, May 30 2018 6:26 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:51 AM CST

The Atari VCS console is up for pre-order and we finally get details on what's inside the box.

Atari VCS specs revealed: 4GB DDR4 RAM, Radeon R7 graphics |

Up until now Atari has been quite vague with the exact specifications that power its new Atari VCS system, but the latest Indiegogo pre-order page reveals all. The Atari VCS is powered by a customized and tweaked 7th generation Bristol Ridge APU which combines a Radeon R7 GPU and an A10 CPU. The system also features 4GB of DDR4 RAM (likely 2400MHz) and 32GB of built-in eMMC storage. Atari VCS will be powered by a Linux-based Operating System (Ubuntu) and ports include 1x HDMI 2.0 and 4x USB 3.0, with support for 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and Gigabit Ethernet.

Atari has already confirmed the device will roll out with 100 built-in classic games, and the console is to be a kind of nexus for streaming, gaming, and social media interactions. Users will also be able to play some PC games on it to boot and download more classic titles and new/older indie games from a storefront.


For the first time on an Atari device, access the Internet for updated Online Multi-Player experiences and to browse, download, or stream more favorites.*

The all-new Atari VCS Store promises a unique new experience. Atari is joining forces with a leading industry partner to be announced shortly, with the shared mission to provide exciting and diverse games and other entertainment content for the Atari VCS.

Browse countless new and classic games from both Atari and a host of partner studios and publishers. While we can't list all the great partners we will have just yet, gamers will be thrilled on day one.

By Spring 2019 when Atari VCS ships, we plan to have new and exclusive games for you to download* or stream, including reimagined classic titles from Atari and other top developers that are ready-to-play, with even more to come!

(*Subscription required for advanced services and cloud storage.)

Tempest 4000 will be there, along with other all-new, modern Atari games currently in development for VCS!

The cheapest Atari VCS will cost you $199 and the console goes all the way up to $339 with accessories included. So far as I can tell there's no real difference in specs between the Onyx and the more expensive Collector's Edition.

Atari hopes to ship the system by July 2019, and you can find more specs below.

Atari VCS Specifications

Specification* Measurement

Unit Dimensions 14.5" x 5.3" x 1.6"

Unit Weight 3 lbs.

Materials Plastic, Metal, Wood

Operating System Linux OS based on Ubuntu (Linux Kernel 4.10)

Compatible Systems Linux

Power Low TDP architecture - Less Heat & Noise

Connections HDMI 2.0, 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 4xUSB 3.0

External Inputs Classic Joystick, Modern Controller, Microphone

Storage 32GB eMMC, external HD, SD card


Memory 32GB eMMC

CPU Bristol Ridge A10

GPU Radeon R7

HDCP Integration HDCP 2.2

Second Screen (Screencasting) Yes

Cloud Storage Yes. Additional Service Offering

Required Internet Connection Not for classic gaming but required to access all features

Cross Game Chat Skype, Discord, etc.

Voice Commands 4-front facing mic array

Subscription Needed? No. Includes cloud and other services.

Live Streaming Yes with

Mouse & Keyboard Support Yes

Classic Joystick Specs

Features Spec (US)

center joystick Yes

trigger button Yes

reactive LED ring Yes

Wireless Bluetooth


Battery Rechargeable

Approx. Weight 16 oz.

PC, Android Compatible Yes

Approx. Dimensions 4 x 4 x 4 inches

USB play/charge cable 4 foot

Headset Port No

Modern Controller Specs

Features Spec (US)

L/R joysticks Yes

L/R Triggers Yes

L/R Shoulder buttons Yes

Home/menu buttons Yes

D-Pad Yes

4 function buttons Yes

Ergonomic grip Yes

Wireless Bluetooth


Battery Rechargeable

LED charge indicator Yes

Approx. Weight 16 oz.

PC, Android Compatible Yes

Approx. Dimensions 6 x 4.5 x 2 inches

USB play/charge cable 4 foot

Headset Port TBD

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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