Atari® — one of the world’s most iconic consumer brands and interactive entertainment producers — and Plex, “the popular streaming media platform for all your favorite media,” today announced a partnership to feature Plex on the upcoming Atari VCS™ PC/console hybrid gaming and entertainment system when it launches this November. Plex on the Atari VCS will allow owners to stream their personal collections of films, television shows, photos, and music, as well as enjoy thousands of free on-demand movies and shows from content providers Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, Crackle, Lionsgate, MGM, and more.
Plex is the world’s most comprehensive streaming platform, bringing its more than 20 million registered users free, on-demand movies and TV shows, access to 80+ free live TV channels, as well as podcasts, web shows, news, music, over-the-air live and recorded television, in addition to users’ personal media collections, all in one beautiful interface. With Plex and an Atari VCS, users can fully transform any room into the ultimate entertainment center — for retro and modern gaming, media streaming, and more.
“We set out from the start to make the Atari VCS a home entertainment gateway by offering the versatility of a fully-featured mini-multimedia-PC, with a focus on classic and new games, and extensive streaming capabilities,” said said Michael Arzt, COO of Atari VCS & Connected Devices. “Plex is the clear market leader when it comes to easily hosting and accessing a diversity of content from movies, to TV to Tidal music and more, which makes them an exciting partner for the Atari VCS at launch and beyond.”
Plex will come as a free app install on the Atari VCS. Users new to Plex can make a free account for access to the platform’s many base features. A premium Plex Pass is $4.99 USD monthly, $39.99 USD yearly, or $119.99 USD for a lifetime subscription. Paid Plex Pass services include OTA live TV and DVR functionality, trailers and bonus content for movies, free use of paid Plex mobile apps, and more.
The all-new Atari VCS home gaming and video computer system is a unique PC/console hybrid inspired by classic Atari consoles and PCs. Like the legendary Atari 2600 did in 1977, the VCS is poised to transform the TV-centric gaming and home entertainment experience. Users will enjoy an ever-expanding Atari world of all-new games, classic and remastered favorites, streaming media, and personal apps. The Atari VCS is powered by an AMD Ryzen™ 1606G high-performance Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) with Zen-core and Radeon Vega Graphics, enabling gaming and video streaming up to 4K HDR at 60fps. Unlike other home game systems, owners can also install alternative operating systems, such as Windows or Linux, via “PC Mode” and add a mouse and keyboard to transform the Atari VCS into an expandable micro-PC and enjoy more of their favorite games and applications. The Atari VCS combines the best of consoles and PC into one compact and ultra-versatile device.
Launching November 2020, the Atari VCS lineup of video computer systems, bundles, and peripherals are available for preorder at GameStop.com, Walmart.com, and AtariVCS.com in North America. The Atari VCS 800 (8GB) Onyx Base system retails for just $299.99 USD, while Atari VCS 800 “All-In” system bundles include the Atari VCS Classic Joystick and Atari VCS Modern Controller (available separately for $59.99 USD each) for $399.99 USD. The Atari VCS Classic Joystick and Modern Controllers were created in partnership with PowerA.