For many gamers, the console that ignited their passion was an Atari from the 1970's or 80's. They were big, bulky, wooden paneled chunks of magic that created childhood memories still treasured today. And now, with the help of Steam, a whole new generation of gamers will get to experience those games.
Atari has announced the Atari Vault will launch on Steam bringing back 100 games. Fan-favorites like Asteroids, Missile Command and Tempest will feature some awesome modern upgrades without losing the classic feel. Upgrades include an updated user interface, the addition of local co-op and online multiplayer options and Steam Controller support. The games will all feature their original soundtracks from the 70's and 80's to keep that all-important retro feel.
The company launched their first home console, the Atari VCS, on September 11, 1977 through Macy's and Sears for $199 (adjusted for inflation, that's about $802 today). The launch was accompanied with the release of nine cartridge games with titles like Indy 500, Star Ship and Street Racer. The console was later renamed the more familiar Atari 2600. The success of the gaming system inspired other companies to get in on the video game bandwagon and the market was soon flooded with competing consoles. Atari maintained their dominance through the early 80's with the release of iconic games like Asteroids, Space Invaders and later, Pac-Man. After many ups and downs, the Atari boom finally fizzled in 1989 when the 2600 came to the end of its run. But the 2600 still stands as the console that started the revolution.
The Atari Vault is set to launch on Steam in the Spring and attendees at PAX South can demo the Vault early along with other new Atari launches, Roller Coaster Tycoon World and Pridefest. No pricing information has been released but we'll be sure to keep you updated as soon as new information comes through.
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