CES 2020 Recap - Atari Edge



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Monday, January 20, 2020

CES 2020 Recap

With CES 2020 wrapped up, we are taking a look at some of the Atari related highlights that took place during this years show. The annual trade show takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. This year, the show was held from January 7th to January 10th.

AtGames was showing off their new gaming products at booth E-13 & E-15 this year. The highlight of the AtGames display was the Legends Ultimate Arcade Cabinet. With 350 of your favorite games, Legends Ultimate Arcade Cabinet comes packed with many classics including 133 Atari games. The expansive Atari games list includes 87 console and 47 arcade classics for Atari fans to enjoy. Many CES 2020 attendees experienced the Legends Ultimate Arcade Cabinet, and the system was featured by several media outlets including "Into Tomorrow" who celebrated their 25th year on the air at CES!

The full-size arcade machine was designed for players of all ages, skill levels, and play preferences. With the featured cloud gaming functionality, the cabinet is the world's first connected arcade. ArcadeNet™ is the premier games service from AtGames designed exclusively for the Legends Ultimate Arcade. Each game in this ever-growing subscription library is optimized for the Legends Ultimate Arcade's high-performance hardware and arcade quality controls. Thanks to its dedicated servers, ArcadeNet™ supports instant play of every game in the library, with no need to wait for downloads.

For the second year in a row, the Atari Pong table could not be ignored at the Computer Electronics Show. This years addition to the Pong table family brought a unique and exciting way to play one of Atari's most notable classic games. The Pong Knockout Four Player table definitely attracted the crowd, as many CES attendees wanted to try out the four player Pong table game.

The Atari VCS was on display at CES 2020, and PC Mag, among others, spent some hand's on time with Atari's new console. The Atari VCS team had meetings with partners, retailers, distributors, and others throughout the week. The team demonstrated the Atari VCS dashboard GUI , Atari Vault, Antstream Arcade streaming service, as well as the PC sandbox mode, which will provide gamer's with the ability to boot into Windows or Linux, as well as access to Steam games. Get your Atari VCS at GameStop.com.

Atari also had the finished models of the Atari VCS on display to show how the finished products will look when shipped to backers and pre-order consumers. Beyond the console, the all new modern controller and classic joystick were also on display, as well as a keyboard and mouse setup to show the full capability of the console, and the possibility for console peripherals. The Atari VCS 3200 Crystal Ghost clear plastic model was on display to show off the consoles internals, including components from manufacturing partner Kingston. Upgrades to storage and memory were also displayed.

Some of the games and features highlighted at CES 2020 were the GUI, initial setup, Atari Vault, Apps, and the highly talked about Sandbox mode, including Windows 10, Ubuntu, and Debian. The Atari VCS Team even shared some Fortnite game play in Sandbox mode. CES attendees also tested out games from the Atari VCS downloaded Steam, Epic and GOG libraries, including Fortnite, Borderlands 2, Basketball Classics, and others. This showcased the expand-ability and capability of the Atari VCS console.

A feature that was not previously talked about, but was on display at CES is the ability to download operating systems such as Windows 10 and Ubuntu to a USB storage drive from the Atari VCS store. The VCS interface makes it easy to download, install, and set up and OS for use in Sandbox mode.

Atari also worked with their partners GAEMS, PowerA, and Kingston by displaying units in their respective CES Suites. Another VCS partner on display was Antstream, which will be providing the Atari VCS with an exclusive Atari VCS game streaming service. The version of Antstream that was showcased at CES will include over 2000 streaming games and an additional collection of Atari gaming content. Every Atari VCS will ship with a 30 day free trial of the Antstream service.

We cannot conclude our CES 2020 Recap without mentioning the incredible Innovation Award Honoree, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell. He and parnter Zai Ortiz received the Best Of Innovation Award for their Alexa hosted cinematic board game St. Noire.

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