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The Atari VCSp’s Birthday!

It was one year ago this week that the original Atari VCSp was completed!

In honor of this momentous occasion, I am offering 2 pre-sales for anyone wishing to purchase a VCSp! That’s right, I am building 2 more units simultaneously and the first 2 people to email me with a definite YES will be able to purchase one! These units will be finished and ready to ship around April 9th.

The cost will be $270 with the trade-in of an old Atari, or $310 without. (These prices include shipping). These are the better, TFT Active Matrix kind. (See VCSp Models page, to right)

Ok! This is gonna be like a radio call-in contest more or less, so fire up your email and let ’em rip! I will accept requests starting at 1 PM on Monday, April the 2nd.

Good luck!

Low-cost Atari VCSp Built!

Using a less expensive passive-matrix screen from Radio Shack, I have gotten the cost of a VCSp down to $200 (before tax and shipping). Now, that assumes you’re sending an Atari in as trade, but still. It’s the lowest cost yet and I think it’s an important milestone.

To see photos of this new unit, check out VCSp Models. For more info on the creation of it, view the Research & D page. I am also fishing for feedback on whether or not I should have 2 different VCSp models for sale. The choice would be a normal or high quality screen, with a price difference of $50. What do you think?

I am not taking orders yet, and I can’t put anyone on a pre-sale list at this time. Please give me a week or two so I can build another low-cost VCSp and get my techniques down. But it will be soon!

I need someone to help update this site!

I’ve been busy with other projects lately and I’ve let this site fall by the wayside. If anyone would like to come onboard and help me update it, please email me and let me know. It could become a place for all of you to display your own projects. Portable building is a hobby for me, one that has been put on the backburner as I develop my film project. However, I want this site to stay alive for people to enjoy. So, let me know!

VCSp Rev 3 Completed!

Yahoo! I finished the Rev 3 today. The Rev 3 being the Atari portable that can be made quickly and sold for $300. (Note: I am not taking orders yet, give me a few weeks) Yes, it can be made for $300, no problem. I put a lot of thought into this one and it worked. And with the possibility of cheaper screens from Radio Shack, the price could go down even more.

Head on over to Research & D for pictures and all the news on the latest and greatest Rev 3!

Atari VCSp Review

“” emailed me with his review of the VCSp…

“I love the VCSp. I have a very large collection of classic video
games and this is by far the coolest things in my collection!!! I thank you
for the rare opportunity to own this great item. The Atari 2600 is back.”
-Owner of the Atari VCSp and ATARITRADER.COM 

I’m glad he liked it! Now, for the rest of you… The Atari VCSp Rev 3 is getting close. Actually, it’s built and sitting on my workbench right now. I’m having an issue with the joy pad controller that I can hopefully resolve in a couple hours. (Basically just means I used the wrong tactile switches)

Check the R & D section (to the right) for all the latest info on the Rev 3! I hope to have good news soon!

Research & D

A new section! “Research & D”. The “D” because ‘Development’ didn’t fit on the line. Anyway, the Research & D section has info on my quest to build mass amounts of portable Ataris. At the moment I’m very close to having an easy-to-produce Revision 3. The last design kink to be ironed out was the rechargeable battery holder, and I believe I have that ready now. That and other things are outlined in Research & D. So give it a look!