Atari have announced more information regarding their upcoming gaming system, Ataribox, including when we’ll see the system and how much it’ll cost.
Announced earlier this year, Atari’s Ataribox takes on a similar appearance to the Atari 2600 however it’ll be a much more powerful console and not an emulator like Nintendo’s series of Mini consoles. Now we have even more information about what the Ataribox can do, and it seems pretty interesting.
The Ataribox is powered by a custom AMD processor with Radeon Graphics tech. It’ll be running on Linux, and will offer “a full PC experience to the TV”, including streaming, apps, social media, internet browsing, and music playback.
Of course, the Ataribox will come loaded with a massive back-catalog of Atari games as well as a number of “current titles from a range of studios”. Details on these content partnerships are to be released at a later date. However, Atari are keen to let people know that the Ataribox will embrace Linux’s open source nature and will let players play compatible games from other content platforms – like Steam, for example.
“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 Chief Executive Officer. “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.”
Here’s the killer though, the Ataribox won’t be launching like any other traditional console, oh no, it’ll be coming to IndieGoGo this fall. The console, if successfully funded, will be landing in Spring 2018. Players will be able to get their hands on a system for $249-$299 USD “depending on specific editions and memory configurations.”
“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,” said Feargal Mac, Ataribox General Manager. “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.”
Simply put, the Ataribox is a Linux-based equivalent of a Steam Machine… and we all know how well that product took off.