Atari are back and tugging firmly at our heart strings with the nostalgic Ataribox.
Pre-orders start on 14th December 2017 and the Ataribox will be available at a discount to early supporters signed up to receive emails from the official website.
The deals will be “extremely limited”, we’ve been told, so it’s well worth signing up now– Sounds familiar? a little too familiar?
First announced three months ago, the Ataribox will run Linux OS with a custom interface.
Here then is what we know about the box so far.
Ataribox design and specifications
The Ataribox is inspired by iconic Atari products, a bit like the Atari 2600 but slimmer, cleaner and more modern looking.
We’re still awaiting full specs, but it is understood that the console will offer apps and access to streaming, social, web browsing, music listening and more. A game streaming service is thought to be part of the system.
What we do know so far is that it will be powered by an AMD customised processor with Radeon Graphics.
Pictures have shown the rear to sport HDMI and USB ports, plus an Ethernet port and SD card slot. There is more-than likely Wi-Fi support too.
Ataribox will launch with a back catalogue of Atari classic games and “current titles from a range of studios”. However, more specifics about these content partnerships won’t be announced until a later date.
However, because the operating system has is open source, players will be able to access and play games from other platforms.
“With Ataribox, we wanted to create an open system, a killer product where people can game, stream and browse with as much freedom as possible. Atari games and content will be available as well as games and content from other providers,”
Fred Chesnais, Atari’s CEO.
Ataribox release date, price and pre-order deals
Ataribox will launch through the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform soon, with pre-orders opening on 14 December 2017.
Atari is targeting spring 2018 for shipping.
It will cost between £200 to £250, depending on the edition and chosen configurations.
There will be a standard Ataribox and special editions, of which we will provide more info on shortly.
More news on this as we receive it!