Atari Trying To Be Jack of All Trades, Throws Shade At PlayStation and Xbox

Not sure I understand Atari’s marketing plans. They won’t be very successful trying to claim — talk, not action — they are a better alternative, gaming-wise, to Xbox and PlayStation. Those are established consoles with huge followings.

Atari needs those fans on their side.

And interesting that there is no mention of Nintendo. The Switch is killing it out there. Nintendo too often is forgotten when the gaming gauntlet is thrown down. They know how to make fun, entertaining games and have a large, passionate fanbase. Atari needs these fans too. Some of them, at least.

But back to what Atari is saying, you can read part of it at the jump below.

“That blend of console, PC, PC gaming device, and streaming device offers a lot of flexibility, and a lot of value… We are actually pretty excited to see how people utilize both PC Mode and Atari Mode. Every computer plays games and video. Not every computer is an Atari.”

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The Xbox and PlayStation have been streaming devices for years. That’s something Nintendo hasn’t even gotten into very well because Nintendo just wants to focus on what it is and does: gaming.

The Playstation and Xbox have both had apps for streaming channels for quite some time. It’s not something everybody uses on their systems. I don’t. Guess it’s supposed to be convenient to stop playing a game and just switching to Netflix, but why not just change the input on your TV and go full into Roku or Chromecast? It’s a nice added feature, but gamers don’t buy console systems to stream Netflix. And vice versa.

Atari is a decent gaming brand with a long history. They aren’t as relevant for current gaming as they were for classic and retrogaming, but hey, they are gods of the retro scene, with some legendary titles.

Not sure what Atari is up to, they are doing hotels, a new system that seems a bit pricey at $389 USD that’s some kind of hybrid low end PC, retrogaming machine and current console? They are also doing something with crypto currency.

A lot of irons in the fire.

Will say this, whatever they are up to, I’ll probably check into it. Just based on their name. Wonder how many gamers will do that? They can sell on that niche audience initially, but to keep this crowd satisfied they’re going to have to create some compelling new games. Is that in their plans? Are they partnering with others to do it for them? It kind of sounds like that’s the deal with the crypto play.

Whatever they are doing, I don’t think they can compete directly against the three big consoles. Sega tried that and ultimately gave up the expensive hardware game. Now they just make games. That’s probably what Atari should have kept doing.

Will you be checking out the new Atari VCS system? Staying in their hotel? Or are you taking a wait and see what others say approach?

The Rare Atari 2600 Superman Game Worth Thousands of Dollars and Atari Hotel opening in 2022

An Atari 2600 Superman cartridge worth thousands of dollars? Sure, why not. Think I vaguely remember playing it when it came out.

….Atari’s Superman can be worth anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000. Don’t run out the door just yet. There are multiple variants of this particular game cartridge, and only one fetches the big money. If you have access to the standard cartridge with the red lettering, then chances are that your copy is only worth a couple of hundred dollars at most. The rarest variant of Superman is the Sears Telegames cartridge with yellow lettering and a picture of Superman. Very few of these copies were released on the market — making them incredibly rare. If you come across one or have one in pristine condition, then you could be looking at a small fortune.

The superhero Atari 2600 game that’s extremely rare

We’ve never owned the rare version spoken about above, but did own the red lettering copy of it. I mean, it was Superman. I would have wanted that in those days. We do own several classic gaming systems, but not the Atari 2600 any longer. We have a working Atari 5200 that plays all 2600 games, however.

Speaking of Atari, they are building some very innovative looking hotels. One of them will be in Las Vegas and another in Phoenix, Arizona. Check these out, if the rent isn’t too high, this could be a fun place to visit.

The proposed details for Atari Hotels sound inviting:

Atari Hotels perfectly blends the past, present, and future of video games and entertainment for a destination that offers guests a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience, complete with state-of-the-art amenities for esports fans and content creators. Guests can enjoy the latest in video games, experience cutting-edge immersive entertainment, purchase exclusive Atari Hotels merchandise, and play the night away in retro-style gaming arcades. A speakeasy and fully equipped nightclub will be available for adult guests, as well as themed restaurants and bars. Atari Hotels delightfully plays with the themes of retro-futurism, pop culture, and nostalgia — offering fun for the whole family. 

GSD Group Partners with Global Design Firm Gensler to Unveil New Atari® Hotels Design Inspired by the History and Future of Gaming

Are they using a Back To The Future Delorean as part of their teaser logo? Sure looks like it. Wonder if there might be some kind of 80s vibe mixed in with these hotels.

No announcement on what a night staying in these hotels will cost, but the current goal is to open at the end of 2022, just in time for Avatar to screen. Imagine if Atari Hotels has some kind of theater built-in? Will keep watching how this project develops and if it isn’t too expensive, we’d like to stay there someday.