The upcoming game console is not another retro machine. Ataribox will be based on an AMD processor and Linux, and will feature apps for streaming. It is expected to launch in spring 2018 for $249-299 dollars.
Ataribox with PC hardware inside
Ataribox is not comparable to the retro Nintendo consoles. The company says that it will feature mid-range PC hardware, allowing it to render modern games.
- “Ataribox will run a Linux OS, with a user interface customized for the TV. Technology wise, it is powered by an AMD customized processor with Radeon Graphics technology. Ataribox will offer games and more: bringing a full PC experience to the TV, it will also include streaming, applications, social, browsing, and music,” the company said.
The game console appears to be more ambitious than first assumed. However, Ataribox will launch like many other small projects through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that will kick off later this autumn. The goal is to ship the first consoles in spring 2018.
Expect delays – that way you may be positively surprised.
- “We're launching Ataribox on Indiegogo this autumn (read: pretty soon). To reiterate why: we want you, the Atari community, to be part of this launch.”
The fact that the console is based on PC hardware and Linux means that it, at least in theory, will be capable of running many games that are already available through Steam on PC. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are also based on PC hardware.
- “Most TV devices have closed systems and content stores. Linux lets us be more open; you can access & customise the OS, & you can access games you've bought from other content platforms (if compatible with the OS and HW).”
Will cost 249 to 299 dollars
A list of games has not been announced but the company says that it will launch with a good portion classic Atari games as well as current titles from several game studios.
- "Ataribox will launch with a large back-catalog of Atari classic games, and current titles from a range of studios."
What you see on the front is real wood paneling. A cheaper version in black and red plastic will also be made available. Ataribox is expected to cost 249 to 299 dollars, the company said in its newsletter. The price depends on your preferred design and the amount of memory onboard.
The company added that over 90,000 people have registered on its website to receive updates on development.