Atari put out a lengthy development update for the Atari VCS console earlier this week The Register reported that the project is experiencing significant difficulties.
Atari's post sought to assure backers that the project is proceeding as planned. Amidst's numerous reports on the console's circuit boards and chassis are "largely complete," and that they are "just about ready for mass production," and that it expects to host hands-on preview events for the console later this fall.
The Register's report, however, paints a very different picture of the console's development , For starters, the console's lead architect, Rob Wyatt, has not been paid in over six months. Wyatt's Tin Giant consultancy has come to a close in the console's $ 3 million IndieGoGo campaign came to a close last June.
The report goes on to say that the so-called "console" will actually function Atari's executives refused to approve the development of a custom operating system. It also wants to reportly not feature to app store, another common feature of most consoles. Atari's post appears to be partially disagreeing with this assessment, and the machine's "custom atari operating system." However, even atari admits that the machine operates "more like a computer than a fully functional game system at the moment."
The console reportedly suffers from a myriad of other software issues. The Register claims that the console's might not work across the games, and that the promised streaming apps are actually through a modified browser. $ 250 in the US, is effectively just a Steam Machine, a Linux PC designed for gaming.
Unsurprisingly, many of the claims made in The Register's report. "The statement at Atari's PR firm read," In addition, some aspects of the Atari VCS project clearly leaked to you in violation of existing confidentiality agreements, and at the same time our reserves in that respect. "
Atari to ask when the campaign's backers, as well as customers who have pre -ordered the console from GameStop and Walmart can expect to receive their consoles, and we'll update this piece with its response. In the meantime it's worth reading The Register's report in its entirety for a full catalog of the issues the console is reportedly facing.