The US gaming company that founded Pac Man is also jumping headfirst into the cryptocurrency market with the launch of a digital currency called Atari Token, which will allow users to purchase games on their new Atari VCS gaming system.
The original retro look is back too, as Atari claims the tokens will be on sale on the Bitcoin.com exchange for 25 cents per pop starting October 29th.
According to Bloomberg, Atari plans to sell 4 million of them.
Although they are initially only used to purchase games and make in-game purchases on the console, the hope is that the token will be used at some point throughout the game.
First announced in 2017, the VCS will be released the same month as Sony’s new PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X. Despite the high-level competition, CEO Frederic Chesnais said Atari can cause a sensation.
“We have a brand, we have a following – we think we’re definitely going to get some exposure,” Chesnais told Bloomberg.
The console is offered as part of a package that includes 100 classic games plus two controllers for around $ 490.
The VCS has a retro look and feel, runs on a Linux-based operating system and promises “a comprehensive PC experience for the television” that can handle streaming, apps, social media, Internet surfing and music, said Atari.
It is currently unknown who will be selling the new console or who will be distributing the product in Australia.
Many years ago I had the privilege of launching the first Atari and Activision products sold in Australia.
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