December 9, 2022

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Atari Unveils Atari VCS Vault Collections and New Atari Wireless Classic Joystick

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Atari® — one of the world’s most iconic consumer brands and interactive entertainment producers — announced its new Atari VCS Vault and Atari VCS Vault Vol. 2. The new Atari VCS Vault of 100 classic games will launch exclusively as a free download on every Atari VCS™ PC/console hybrid gaming and entertainment system. Atari VCS Vault Vol. 2 will be available as an optional 50-game downloadable add-on pack for $4.99. Previously released on PC, the revamped Atari VCS Vault collections deliver versions of the games that are now optimized for use with the all-new Atari Wireless Classic Joystick.

The Atari VCS team re-enlisted indie game developer and partner Code Mystics to make the collection — which includes 100 classic Atari 2600, Atari 5600, and arcade games — fully compatible with the new Atari VCS and to support the unique features of the retro-inspired Joystick. Legendary Atari arcade and console classics featured in the Atari VCS Vault include AsteroidsCentipedeMissile CommandTempestPongBreakout, and many more. The DLC add-on includes more arcade and home classics, as well as several M Network, prototype, and homebrew games.

Featuring a sleek new design inspired by the original Atari 2600 controller, the all-new Atari Wireless Classic Joystick for the Atari VCS features numerous upgrades to controls and inputs, including:

  • A more comfortable, ergonomic form factor based on the original joystick (CX40) design
  • Rotating “Twist” stick for paddle and steering games
  • Secondary “fire button”
  • Rumble and LED lighting effects
  • Wireless and USB connectivity
  • Compatible with Atari VCS, PC, and mobile
  • Home, back, and menu buttons
  • Long-lasting rechargeable lithium ion battery

The Atari Wireless Classic Joystick, which is also compatible with PC and mobile devices, can be purchased with the Atari VCS as part of an all-in bundle or individually for $59.99.

“The reinvigorated Atari VCS Vault, with its 100 classic games, will deliver hundreds of hours of free gameplay to families who purchase an Atari VCS,” said Michael Arzt, COO of Atari VCS and Connected Devices. “Thanks to the great work by Code Mystics to update and optimize this collection for use with Atari’s all-new Wireless Classic Joystick, both seasoned and new Atari fans can enjoy these all-time classics in fun new ways.“