Atari gives the video console another try for this coming holiday by launching a brand new VCS; this is billed as a console and PC hybrid, including the classic games and latest ones alike. As announced recently, it may utilize Ultra’s blockchain-based digital game delivery system.
The owners of Atari VCS will be able to access Ultra’s PC game shop from the device itself, then letting them purchase and download a variety of games ranging from “AAA” titles from significant publishers up to the smaller, individual experiences. Other Ultra features, like trading of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and live streaming, will also be available on the VCS.
It will also be a two-way partnership. Atari is “exploring the use of Ultra’s terchnology which includes the NFT framework,” according to a release, and can update the classic game properties with the blockchain-driven features. Moreover, Atari game franchises like Ping, Missile Command, and Roller Coaster Tycoon will be released on the Ultra platform.
Atari, it was previously announced that a $4 million deal with Animoca Brands – the publisher of crypto games like Sandbox and F1 Delta Time – In August, Animoca was made the exclusive provider of the blockchain-based content for the Atari VCS. Animoca will then publish the crypto-infused versions of games like Centipede, Asteroids, and Lunar Lander.
“While the Atari VCS pays homage to the hardware company’s pioneering efforts to bring gaming to the masses, it’s also designed to move Atari forward in exciting new ways,” Michael Arzt, COO of Atari VCS and Connected Devices, stated in a release.
Atari’s revitalized VCS is a recent risk from a brand that has popularized and revolutionized video gaming. It has still traded hands several times in the past decades since its birth in the early 1970s and 1980s. It may also compete against the new Sony Playstation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series S consoles this fall, sold for $400 with a joystick and latest gamepad.
While the specific partnership has seen the VCS implement as an existing blockchain gaming platform, Atari, on the other hand, also owns an internal crypto initiative.
This year, the Atari Token has been launched. It will be used for online gaming, betting games, and other gaming-related initiatives. Truthfully, Ultra users can now purchase the VCS console from the store through Atari Tokens or Ultra’s UOS currency.
Ultra is powered by the EOS blockchain and has other high-profile partnerships around the gaming industry, including AAA publisher Ubisoft and chip-making giant AMD.