Atari sent out an email today to those who had registered for new about their upcoming console. It contains some new information about the Ataribox and also a few new images of the upcoming console. The console is launching on IndieGoGo this fall and consoles should start shipping in Spring 2018.
The Ataribox will use an AMD customized processor and will be running Linux. “This approach means that as well as being a great gaming device, Ataribox is also a full PC experience for the TV, bringing you streaming, applications, social, browsing, music, and more.” explains the email from Atari. Owners will be able to access and customise the operating system to fit their needs. In addition to this, Atari states it’s possible to access games bought for other platforms if they’re compatible with the OS and hardware.
The Ataribox will feature classic Atari retro games. The retro games will come pre-loaded on the console. There will also be support from a range of studios however, the email doesn’t go into detail about this. The manufacturer will start talking about this soon, however.
An IndieGoGo campaign will be launching this fall. The reason for this is that the Ataribox team want the Atari community to be a part of the launch and give them a chance to have early access to the new console. In addition to this, they want the community to have a chance to get special editions such as the Wood edition.
The expected price range for the Ataribox is currently $249-$299. It will depend on special editions and the memory configuration.
Atari will have more news relating to the Ataribox “in the weeks ahead”.
You can see the new images below.
“PS: To confirm what many of you have asked: the Wood Edition is made with real wood ;)”