Atari’s VCS, or videogame computer system, is marketed as a two-in-one device that lets users retro games (or modern titles via the cloud), stream movies, and surf the web on Google Chrome. However, a new update coming to the console will turn it into a retro PC, allowing owners to both play and work. That’s because the console’s update is adding to Google’s full suite of apps, turning the tiny form-factor machine into a modern Gmail and Google Docs machine.
Other than the Atari VCS it seems to be a really good working computer. console can already act as a full pc, gives users the option to install Windows, Ubuntu, or Chrome OS, the ability to customize the system’s memory with expandable M.2 SSD storage, and full mouse and keyboard compatibility.
It’s worth noting that the Atari VCS also ships with Google Chrome, meaning any user can already access their Gmail or Google Drive. However, Google Workplace’s addition to Atari’s two-in-one means that the same suite of productivity applications can be accessed through a simple app.
With the addition of Google’s Workplace apps, Atari believes its console can now be used anywhere from the bedroom to the office. A press release for the announcement said: “The system’s compact chassis makes it an ideal choice as a powerful set-top mini PC and gaming device for the office, living room, bedroom or anywhere else in the home.” Admittedly, the idea of bringing an Atari console to your office for work is a bit strange.