New information has come to light in regards to Atari's upcoming Ataribox, a device that marks the a return by Atari to making its own gaming hardware.
Influenced by classic Atari products like the Atari 2600, the Ataribox features a modern design with classic stylings. Under the hood, it's powered by a custom AMD processor coupled with Radeon Graphics technology. Furthermore, Atari says the Ataribox will offer more than just gaming as it's being designed to bring a full PC experience to the TV. As such, the device will support streaming, applications, social, music, and browsing.
“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.”
Ataribox will run a Linux OS, with a user interface that's been customized for the TV. When it launches, the Ataribox will have a large back-catalog of Atari classic games, as well as current titles from a range of studios. And, given the open nature of the OS, players will also be able to access and play compatible games from other content platforms.
“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.”
Ataribox will first be made available via the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform this fall, with targeted global launch in Spring 2018. The expected price range will be $249-$299 USD depending on specific editions and memory configurations.