Not only is Atari returning after two decades on the sidelines of console gaming, it’s also jumping headfirst into cryptocurrency.
The retro gaming giant is introducing a digital currency called the Atari Token that users can use to purchase games on its new Atari VCS gaming system.
The tokens will be sold on the Bitcoin.com Exchange for 25 cents per pop starting October 29th. Bloomberg reportsand Atari will sell 4 million of them. While they are initially only used to buy games and make in-game purchases on the console, the hope is that the token will be used at some point throughout the game.
The VCS that was first announced in 2017, will be published in the same month as Sony’s new PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox Series X.. Despite the competition at the highest level, CEO Frederic Chesnais said Atari can cause a sensation.
“We have a brand, we have a following – we think we will definitely get some exposure,” Chesnais told Bloomberg.
The console is being offered as part of a package that includes 100 classic games plus two controllers for $ 390.
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.