Atari blew one long-term development update for the Atari VCS console earlier this week, the same day that The register reported that the project is experiencing considerable difficulties. One source of project knowledge allegedly described it as a "shit show," and the console is said to be more of a Linux PC than a dedicated game console.
The function of Atari wanted to assure the donors that the project is going according to plan. In the midst of countless photos of the printed circuit boards and chassis of the console, the company claimed that the molds for the plastic housing of the console were largely complete & # 39; that the controllers and joysticks & # 39; are almost ready for mass production & # 39; and that it expects to organize hands-on preview events for the console later this fall.
The register However, the report gives a completely different picture of the development of the console. To begin with, the lead architect of the console, Rob Wyatt, left the project and claimed that his design consultancy was not paid within six months. The Tin Giant consulting firm of Wyatt was hired to develop the console hardware and software shortly for $ 3 million IndieGoGo campaign ended last year in June.
The report goes on to say that the so-called "console" will actually work more like a PC in a modified chassis, and will run on a standard Linux distribution after Atari executives have refused the development of a modified operating system. Reportedly, it will not contain an app store, another common feature of most consoles. Mail from Atari it seems to disagree partially with this assessment and mentions what it calls "the machine's modified Atari operating system". However, even Atari admits that the machine "currently works more like a computer than a fully functional game system."
Reportedly, the console also suffers from countless other software problems. The register claims that console controllers may not work consistently in games, as you would expect from a console controller, and that the promised streaming apps will in fact consist of web apps accessible through a custom browser. The report says that the console, which will be sold in the US from $ 250, is in fact only a Steam Machine, a Linux PC designed for gaming.
It is not surprising that Atari did not agree with many of the claims made in it The register report. "Atari wants to inform you that some of your questions indicate that you have information that is incorrect and / or outdated", a statement given to The register from Atari & # 39; s PR company read: "In addition, some aspects of the Atari VCS project have clearly leaked to you in violation of existing confidentiality agreements, and Atari therefore reserves its rights."
We have contacted Atari to ask when the campaign bearers, as well as customers who have reserved the GameStop and Walmart console, can expect to receive their consoles, and we will update this piece with his response. In the meantime, it is worth reading The register report in its entirety for a complete catalog of the problems that the console is facing.