This iconic Atari gaming console could help you to work while playing

Atari VCS PC Mode
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Atari has announced that its Atari VCS (opens in new tab) console now supports Google Workspace (opens in new tab), meaning gamers also now have the option to work as well as play on its small form-factor PC (opens in new tab).

With the addition of Google Workspace, Atari VCS owners can now easily access Gmail (opens in new tab), Google Calendar (opens in new tab), Sheets (opens in new tab), Slides (opens in new tab), Docs (opens in new tab) and Google Drive (opens in new tab) all from their living room in between play sessions.

Google's online collaboration software (opens in new tab) can be accessed right from the Atari VCS dashboard and users can make changes to their documents using either the Atari VCS Companion app or a mouse (opens in new tab) and keyboard (opens in new tab).

However, if you want a full PC experience on the Atari VCS, the console's PC mode allows you to install Windows 10 (opens in new tab) or Linux (opens in new tab) and while unconfirmed by Atari, several users have even managed to get Windows 11 (opens in new tab) up and running on the device.

Work or play

As the Atari VCS is the only video gaming system with Chrome (opens in new tab) built-in, it's a true two-in-one device that can be used for both work and play. The system also features a compact chassis that can be tucked away in an entertainment center under your TV or set up on your office desk (opens in new tab) without taking up too much space.

In terms of the device's hardware, the Atari VCS features an AMD Raven Ridge 2 APU, an AMD Ryzen GPU, 32GB of eMMC storage and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. However, the RAM is upgradeable and thanks to the inclusion of an internal M.2 slot, you can add a larger M.2 SSD (opens in new tab) for even more storage.

The Atari VCS is available in two configurations: the Atari VCS Onyx Base System for $299 and the Atari VCS Black Walnut All-In Bundle for $399. Since the device supports a wide range of existing controllers (opens in new tab) including Microsoft's Xbox controller and both Sony's DualShock and DualSense controllers, you can save a bit by opting for the base model though you will miss out on using Atari's new Classic Joystick.

Whether you just want to play some retro video games in your living room or are looking for a game console with Google Workspace support and full PC functionality, check out our full Atari VCS review (opens in new tab) to see if Atari's latest console could be the perfect work from home (opens in new tab) device for you.

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After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.