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Atari VCS is getting thousands of retro games

The company is teaming up with retro gaming platform Antstream Arcade.

Atari's new set-top console is getting thousands of retro games through a partnership with Antstream Arcade.
RC Rivera

Atari said Monday it's teaming up with retro gaming platform Antstream Arcade to launch an exclusive edition of Antstream's game streaming service on the forthcoming Atari VCS set-top console. The Atari VCS edition will offer more than 2,000 officially licensed games.

In addition to classic video games available, the exclusive app will include the biggest collection of on-demand Atari games in original and enhanced formats. Some titles that'll be available include Night Driver, Pong and Yars' Revenge.  

"Antstream Arcade is a perfect partner for Atari and its fans," Atari CEO Frédéric Chesnais said in a statement. "Anstream's offering lets players instantly access a vast library of games, including many Atari titles that have not been available for streaming before now."

Antstream Arcade games will be compatible with the Atari VCS Classic Joystick and Atari VCS Modern Controller. Antstream Arcade and Atari will also offer new creative social challenges that allow fans to experience retro games in a different way.

The Antstream Arcade app for Atari VCS will cost $9.99 a month, or $7.99 a month for an annual subscription, after a 30-day free trial. At launch, 50 classic Atari games will be exclusively available for new and existing Antstream Arcade users when they sign on from the Atari VCS system. New games will be added on a regular basis. 

The Atari VCS starts at $249.99 and is available for preorder now at GameStop, Walmart and Shipments start in March 2020. 

Originally published Sept. 30, 2:15 p.m. PT.
Update, Oct. 1: Adds information about social challenges.