Wooden tops are tops.

Atari was once synonymous with home gaming, back in the days when consoles featured titles with graphics so blocky they made Lego bricks jealous.

With the newly named Atari VCS (from $US250), Atari hopes to snare retro and modern gamers alike. For greying gamers, there’s a finish that echoes the original’s wood veneer, that beloved logo, and the promise of some old classics. But Atari claims the VCS is more than a retro box, arguing that it will “change the way you interact with your TV”. 

We assume that’ll be down to apps, games and services, rather than forcing you to navigate the interface using the cramp-inducing classic joystick controller.

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