Atari And Commodore To Hook Up With Sinclair?

Atari And Commodore To Hook Up With Sinclair?

Retro gaming went total rumour-ville here at GaminGuys recently when Sinclair, master’s of the 1980’s and also Indiegogo campaigns with the Vega and Vega+, hinted that Atari are in a collaboration with them to develop (or is it re-develop?) a handheld console. Did I also mention Commodore?

Atari And Commodore To Hook Up With Sinclair?

Original C64 & Atari 2600 ‘Woody’

After an amazing 2hr 37min pod-cast, raw recording with Dr Janko Mrsic-Flogel (80’s gaming legend programmer) hinting that Atari (or at least the licensee’s of Atari these days) and Commodore may be hooking up with the ‘new’ Sinclair team on a similar project to Sinclair’s own.

Atari QL was Dr Janko Mrsic-Flogel’s strongest point, if you can even remember it. Crazy as it may seem for the era, but his first actual release was at the age of 14.

Jump forward to 2016, we interview him on behalf of Sinclair (thanks to their PR lady Suzanne) after being the only people allowed to officially video-record the factory tour at SMS Electronics around the Stoke area, for the Vega. What a tour. Now we have Rick Dickinson that designed the QL designing the Vega Plus, possibly aided by a slight change in management, we could be seeing a retro alignment involving mobile, handheld and it seems more than one project is in the queue.

Now essentially, I was recording the ‘prelude’ to the pod-cast, That little meet and greet you need to do before the polished article. We hit a point where we were chatting about the ‘acorn Eco-net’ and then all of a sudden we seemed to have been informed that not only Atari are coming via the same route but also the Commodore 64 (it better not be the Vic 20, that thing was crap with just 3.5K memory).

It seems the trials have been watched very closely by several other interested retro-parties and deals are under way to complete the necessary hardware modifications to (dare I say ‘universalise’ a retro-console hand-held standard or) adjust to suit each interested party on a campaign by campaign basis.

There is no doubt that to see more retro-branded consoles brought forward to suit the modern gamer has a crowd behind the funding, however, with other names such as JXD covering multiple emulated platforms, it does beg the question ‘will all other interested parties swim in the same hot pool’?

Atari And Commodore To Hook Up With Sinclair?

Dr Jenko, Rick & David

Atari And Commodore To Hook Up With Sinclair?

The upcoming Vega+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can listen to our edited pod-cast here but don’t expect to hear the prelude as we do not publish general chat before our guests are notified we are recording.

Owner of GaminGuys.com I collect retro games, consoles and accessories and play all era's of games from old to latest. Found on eBaY as 'MCRTrading'

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