It was confirmed by Atari a few months back that it’s working on a new console called the Ataribox. The console has a wooden box like the 2600 console from quite a few years back. Atari has said that this product aims to offer a new experience while staying true to the company’s heritage. The idea is to appeal to both old and new Atari fans. According to a report, the Ataribox pre-orders are possibly going live tomorrow.
Atari has reportedly sent out emails to interested customers informing them that they will be able to place pre-orders for the Ataribox starting Thursday, December 14th. The company is going to release the console in 2018. It’s going to cost under $300.
The Ataribox is going to be powered by a custom AMD processor and Radeon graphics. It’s going to run Linux with a user interface that’s customized for TVs. It will be capable of running PC games, apps, playing music, browsing the internet, streaming, and more.
It will only be able to run games that a mid-range PC can handle. Don’t expect AAA titles to work on the Ataribox.
Atari was initially planning to sell the Ataribox through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo but it’s unclear at this point in time if that’s the strategy it still wants to stick with. We should find out more tomorrow if Atari is going to start taking pre-orders for this console.
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