Atari put out a prolonged improvement replace for the Atari VCS console earlier this week, on the identical day that The Register reported that the undertaking is experiencing vital difficulties. One supply with data of the undertaking reportedly described it as a “shit present,” and the console is reportedly shaping as much as be extra of a Linux PC than a devoted video games console.
Atari’s submit sought to guarantee backers that the undertaking is continuing as deliberate. Amidst quite a few pictures of the console’s circuit boards and chassis, the corporate claimed that the molds for the plastic housing of the console are “largely full,” that its controllers and joysticks are “nearly prepared for mass manufacturing,” 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 improvement. For starters, the console’s lead architect, Rob Wyatt, has give up the undertaking and claimed that his design consultancy hasn’t been paid in over six months. Wyatt’s Tin Large consultancy was employed to develop the console’s and software program shortly earlier than the console’s $three million IndieGoGo marketing campaign got here to a detailed in June final yr.
The report goes on to say that the so-called “console” will really operate extra like a PC in a custom-chassis, and can run on a normal Linux distribution after Atari’s executives refused to approve the event of a working system. It can additionally reportedly not function an app retailer, one other frequent function of most consoles. Atari’s submit seems to partially disagree with this evaluation, and mentions what it calls the machine’s “ Atari working system.” Nevertheless, even Atari admits that the machine operates “extra like a pc than a fully-functional sport system in the mean time.”
The console additionally reportedly suffers from a myriad of different software program points. The Register claims that the console’s controllers won’t work constantly throughout video games, as you’d count on a console controller to, and that the promised streaming apps will really encompass internet apps accessed by means of 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 lots of the claims made in The Register’s report. ”Atari needs to tell you that a few of your questions point out that you just possess data that’s incorrect and/or outdated,” a press release given to The Register from Atari’s PR agency learn, “As well as, some facets of the Atari VCS undertaking clearly have been leaked to you in violation of current confidentiality agreements, and Atari due to this fact hereby reserves its rights in that respect.”
We’ve got contacted Atari to ask when the marketing campaign’s backers, in addition to prospects who’ve pre-ordered the console from GameStop and Walmart can count on to obtain their consoles, and we’ll replace this piece with its response. Within the meantime it’s effectively value studying The Register’s report in its entirety for a full catalog of the problems the console is reportedly dealing with.