Atari has revealed more details about its upcoming Ataribox console. Launching in spring 2018 around the world for a price between $249-299 depending on specification and memory configurations, Atari’s new micro-console will be released first through the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform.
As well as having a "large" back catalogue of classic Atari games to its name, the nature of its Linux OS will mean it will also be able to run more current compatible games as well – although exact details about content and partnerships have yet to be announced. It will also include streaming, apps, social networks, a web browser and music.
Its user interface is also being designed specifically for TVs, and it will be powered by a customised AMD processor with Radeon graphics. Naturally, its physical design has been inspired by iconic Atari products such as the Atari 2600.
So far, Atari has had more than 90,000 registrations on its Ataribox website.
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,” said Fred Chesnais, Atari CEO.
We also wanted to launch Ataribox with our community, and reward our fans with exclusive early access, special editions, and include them as active participants in the product rollout.”
Feargal Mac, Ataribox general manager, added:People are used to the flexibility of a PC, but most connected TV devices have closed systems and content stores. Ataribox is an open system, and while our user interface will be easy to use, people will also be free to access and customize the underlying OS.
We’ve chosen to launch Ataribox with Indiegogo given their focus on delivering technology products, and their strong international presence in over 200 countries, allowing us to reach and involve as many Atari fans around the world as possible.”