Flojomojo Posted November 21, 2016 Share Posted November 21, 2016 FAQ of known knowns, courtesy of our man on the inside, Bill Logiduice! ******************************************** Will there be multiple versions of the Atari system? Yes, there are several variations announced: Atari Flashback 8 ($60): Standard definition version similar to the Atari Flashback 3-7 we have already seen from AtGames with composite AV. The Atari Flashback 8 will have 105 built in games and a pair of wired controllers. Kaboom, River Raid, Space Invaders, Centipede, Frogger, Yars' Revenge, Adventure, and Pitfall are featured on the box. Attached is full game list. 2017-Atari-Flashback-8.pdf Atari Flashback Portable Game Player ($60): Portable version which is similar to the handheld released in 2016, with SD card support. The 2017 Portable will contain 70 games, Pac-Man (home-brew), Dig Dug, Pitfall, and Frogger (custom arcade-style port). Pitfall, River Raid, Kaboom, Frogger, Pac-Man, Dig-Dug, Galaxian, and Xevious are featured on the box. Attached is full game list. 2017-Atari-Flashback-Portable.pdf Atari Flashback 8 Gold ($80): A more expensive HD "Gold" version with an HDMI interface with 720p HDMI output, scanline filtering, and a save/pause/rewind feature for every game. The Atari Flashback 8 Gold will have 120 built in games and a pair of 2.4ghz wireless controllers. Space Invaders, Centipede, Pitfall, River Raid, Kaboom, Frogger, and Millipede are featured on the box. Attached is full game list. 2017-Atari-Flashback-Gold.pdf Atari Flashback 8 Gold Activision Edition ($80): Like the 8 Gold, only with more Activision games. The Atari Flashback 8 Gold Activision Edition will have 130 built-in games, a pair of 2.4 ghz wireless controllers, and a pair of wired paddle controllers. Pitfall, River Raid, Kaboom, H.E.R.O., Activision Decathlon, Chopper Command, and Enduro are featured on the box. Attached is a full game list. Note that vintage-style paddles are not mentioned here. 2017-Atari-Flashback-Gold-Activision.pdf All the Atari products are branded with 40th anniversary badges. Will any of the Atari systems support cartridges? SD flash memory? None of these products will work with cartridges. The Atari Flashback Portable will work with SD cards so you can load your own ROMs. An unrelated product that can play Atari cartridges, the Hyperkin Retron 77, is expected to launch in Fall 2017, likely at a similar price point to these AtGames products. Kaboom is a paddle game. What's up with that? The onboard emulator should detect if paddle controllers are plugged in, otherwise (and in the case of the handheld), the game will play with digital joystick controls. Why do they use Atari VCS box art when a different game is included? Probably for brand recognition. Ports of Frogger and Space Invaders are unique to AtGames units and are not using Atari 2600 technology. The version of Pac-Man included is a home-brew port. Are these the real prices? The older Flashbacks were cheaper. What will they cost? According to the AtGames site, the composite AV Flashback 8 standard edition and Atari Flashback Portable Game Player will sell for $59.99 each (likely less in stores such as Bed Bath and Beyond), and the Gold editions will sell for $79.99. What about those nasty infrared controllers? There are no more line-of-sight infrared wireless controllers on any AtGames Flashback products. The SD version will use wired controllers, and the HD version will use 2.4 Ghz wireless technology (like Bluetooth but dedicated to this system). Can I use the new 2.4ghz wireless controllers with my computer? Not without the help of a USB wireless dongle, which is under consideration by AtGames. Is the Atari Flashback Portable pretty much the same as the 2016 version? The extent to which the emulator and compatibility will change is currently unknown. A more detailed FAQ for that system, including instructions for loading ROMs onto a flash card, is here. What's the best Atari system to get? The Atari Flashback® 8 Gold Activision Edition looks like the one for us. 130 games (10 more than the Atari Flashback® 8 Gold) and a set of vintage-styled paddles, for the same price as the 8 Gold machine. When will these come out? The Flashback 8 and Flashback 8 Gold are expected in early September 2017 The Flashback 8 Gold Activision Edition is coming a month or two later ******************************************** How about the Sega Genesis system? Similar to the Atari systems, there will be three main hardware types: Sega Genesis Classic Game Console ($60): A standard definition system similar to prior AtGames releases, with composite AV, a cartridge slot, and a pair of wired controllers. 2017-Sega-Genesis-Classic.pdf Ultimate Portable Game Player ($60): A portable Sega Genesis system similar to prior AtGames releases with an SD card slot, and 85 built-in games. List: 2017-Ultimate-Portable-Game-Player.pdf Sega Genesis Flashback ($80): An all-new HD version with 720p HDMI output, scanline filtering, a save/pause/rewind feature for every game, and a pair of 2.4ghz wireless controllers. 2017-Sega-Genesis-Flashback.pdf The value-priced systems will be like the Firecore systems we have seen from AtGames over the past decade, likely complete with sound bugs. Which of these supports cartridges? SD cards? Flash cartridges? Both TV consoles have cartridge slots for vintage games. The portable has an SD card slot. It's unlikely that flash cartridges such as the EverDrive will work with these devices, but that remains to be seen. Are these the real prices? The older Flashbacks were cheaper. What will they cost? According to the AtGames site, the standard-definition Sega Classic Game Console and the Ultimate Portable Game Player (portable Genesis) will sell for $59.99 each (likely less at retail stores and sale outlets). What about those nasty infrared controllers? There are no more line-of-sight infrared wireless controllers on any AtGames Flashback products. The SD version will use wired controllers, and the HD version will use 2.4 Ghz wireless technology (like Bluetooth but dedicated to this system). Can I use the new 2.4ghz wireless controllers with my computer? Not without the help of a USB wireless dongle, which is under consideration by AtGames. What's the best Sega system to get? The Sega Genesis Flashback® looks like the system to beat, with 85 built-in games, and none of the "filler" titles we have seen on previous Flashback systems with composite AV. This machine will have a cartridge slot so you can bring your own games. It may not be compatible with the EverDrive flash cartridge, however. Note that in addition to Sega Genesis/MegaDrive games, this machine will also contain Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear titles, including Phantasy Star, Sonic Drift 2, and Fantasy Zone. Expect comparisons and contrasts with the upcoming Nintendo SNES Classic Mini, which will launch around the same time and price point with two wired controllers and 21 installed games. I heard this was crap. Aren't all AtGames things crap? AtGames stuff to date have been seasonal, low-priced, mass-market toys, not necessarily collectible replicas. The prior "Classic Console" and portable units with Genesis-on-a-chip hardware had problems with sound emulation, even though game timing and graphics were faithful to the originals. Early (July 2017) review versions of the Sega Genesis Flashback had problems with emulation performance and wireless controls, which is reflected in early press reviews. The company is working to resolve these production errors before the wider launch in Fall 2017. When will these come out? September 2017, assuming production problems are sorted out quickly ******************************************** Got more details? Three press releases from AtGames are available at Armchair Arcade The AtGames Flashback Zone website has descriptions of these products, and will sell them directly when they are commercially available. This index of the PDF files attached above contains descriptions and game lists for all seven (!) products. Original post: Too soon? Yeah, maybe -- especially if you haven't been able to get your hands on the 2016 editions yet. Those are supposedly the last ones on the old hardware platform, and possibly the last ones to support analog audiovisual cables for use on older televisions. I think they're all worth a look/play/buy, particularly the Atari Flashback Portable, which marks the first time we've seen an official portable release of the Atari 2600 games, along with an SD card slot for bringing your own ROMs. What's next? Known: Atari Sega Presumed: Better emulation fidelity/compatibility Fixed sound for Sega Genesis Dropped newer but "classic-style" games that padded the game count on the Sega units HDMI output New platforms I look forward to better Genesis emulation. It would be particularly cool if 32X, Master System, Game Gear, and Sega CD support could be added. I could handle slicker hardware, but the cheapo plastic AtGames portable unit isn't bad for the price. Arcade emulation would be nice to have, we don't get enough of that in my opinion. Is there a good reason to sell separate units that basically do the same thing? A combined Sega/Atari/maybe something else unit would be excellent. What would you like to see? 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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