Atari has misplaced the architect for its Atari VCS console. Rob Wyatt, the system architect for the unique Xbox, was initially signed on to design the throwback console powered by AMD. However, Wyatt has now acknowledged that your entire Tin Giant consultancy staff has left the undertaking… and remains to be ready on six months of pay owed to the design firm.
It’s not been trying good for backers of the Atari VCS console, who’ve up to now been patiently ready properly over a yr since supporting the console’s Indiegogo marketing campaign. Since it was efficiently funded on June 30, 2018 with over $3,000,00Zero of backers’ money, the undertaking has expertise a number of hiccups. Most lately, Atari was stripped of mod standing in the “greatest and greatest” Atari VCS subreddit for deleting criticism.
“As of Friday, October 4th, I’ve formally resigned because the architect of the Atari VCS,” Wyatt informed The Register. “Atari haven’t paid invoices going again over six months. As a small firm, we have now been fortunate to outlive this lengthy.
“I hoped to see the undertaking via to the tip and that it wouldn’t come to this, however I’ve little alternative aside from to pursue different alternatives,” Wyatt provides.
Atari reportedly solely obtained a prototype motherboard in September, the report states. However, the work on the board has since halted with the departure of Tin Giant – the principle developer engaged on the Atari console.
You can see photos of a “pre-production board” over on a Medium post that Atari published shortly after The Register’s report. Atari reportedly obtained six days to answer the article’s writer, Kieren McCarthy, after which the article was to go stay. However, there was no response till following its publication, which can be when the Medium put up debuted.
The motherboard exhibits an AMD Ryzen APU, two USB ports, an HDMI port, and one energy connector. Not pictured is an M.2 port and two SODIMM RAM slots.
For a console designed after one constructed within the late ’70s, it positive has proved tough to place collectively. With Wyatt and his staff’s departure from the undertaking, the way forward for the Atari VCS is on rockier floor than ever. For its backers’ sake, we hope that this pre-production wobble will be sorted and the console will get again on monitor – however even when that’s the case, this stays a textbook instance of how not to develop a console.