Atari has revealed a few more pieces of information about their upcoming console, the Ataribox. Announced in June with the claim Atari is “back in the hardware business,” the Ataribox is planned to ship out at the beginning of next year, cost at least $250 USD, contain an AMD processor, and run on Linux.
In an email newsletter, Atari explained their operating system choice, among other details.
It’ll run Linux, with a customized, easy-to-use user interface. 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.
The company also revealed the console will be powered by “an AMD customized processor” using “Radeon Graphics technology.” The Ataribox will cost between $249 to $299 USD, with special editions — like the wood edition revealed earlier this year — and higher memory configurations pushing you to the top of the price range.
Atari also confirmed that the console would launch with “tons of classic Atari retro games pre-loaded [and] current titles from a range of studios.” We don’t know if the “current titles” will include ports, remasters, or entirely new IP’s, but Atari assured fans they would be announce new games “very soon.”
Additionally, Atari will be crowdfunding the Ataribox on Indiegogo to give players chances for early access to the console and its special editions. They want the public “to be part of the story,” with the Indiegogo campaign launching sometime this fall.
Ataribox is expected to ship out Spring 2018. Check back with A9K for the latest news on this interesting new console.