We're beginning to learn more about Atari’s Ataribox.
First announced three months ago, the Ataribox has officially received around 90,000 registrations on Ataribox.com (in other words, that many people have signed up to learn more about the upcoming console). In a statement to Pocket-lint, the company confirmed its Ataribox will run Linux OS with a custom interface- and that it "signals a return by Atari to creating its own hardware".
We already knew the Ataribox has a design inspired by iconic Atari products, like the Atari 2600, but now, Atari has shared more details about the console. For instance, it is powered by an AMD customised processor with Radeon Graphics. Atari also promised it will bring "the full PC experience" to the TV, and it'll offer apps and access to streaming, social, web browsing, music listening, etc.
Ataribox will even launch with a back catalogue of Atari classic games, and "current titles from a range of studios". However, more specifics about these content partnerships won't be announced until a later date. That said, because the operating system has an open nature, Atari said players will be able to access and play games from other platforms.
“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's chief executive officer, in an emailed statement.
Ataribox will launch through the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform this autumn, with a targeted release date set for spring 2018. It will cost between $249 to $299, depending on the edition and memory configurations. That's right. Atari also confirmed it wants to launch Ataribox with special editions.