Atari has announced that when the Atari VCS ships later in the year, it will come packed with the all new AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC, giving it some serious power.
“With the AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 powering the Atari VCS, we can support the 4K 60fps HDR content that users expect from a modern, secure gaming and entertainment system,” said Michael Arzt, COO of Atari Connected Devices. “AMD’s new Ryzen Embedded SoC will also help protect the VCS’ environment and content as we support an unprecedented open-access model that allows Atari’s highly-creative community to install any other operating system side by side with the Atari OS.”
AMD’s all-new Ryzen embedded chip will be faster, cooler, and more efficient, allowing the Atari VCS to sport a simpler and more effective power architecture and thermal solution. The new processor includes built-in Ethernet, Native 4K video support with modern HDCP, and a secure frame buffer that fully-supports DRM video.
What that means is you could technically play Centipede in 4K on the box, though I think I myself will leave the classic games to their original resolution, and I will enjoy the media content in the higher res.