After decades of absence, Atari recently announced plans to get back into the console game – and now the company has revealed the eagerly anticipated pre-order date for its forthcoming Ataribox system, which will be crowdfunded via Indiegogo.
Once a dominant force in the gaming industry, Atari left the limelight following the infamous video game crash of 1983. It’s been nearly 20 years since the release of Atari Jaguar, and the former giant is ready to make a comeback with a brand new machine.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Ataribox, starting with the all-important pre-order and release date information. Alternatively, read on for what we know so far about the console’s specs, games and more.
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Ataribox Release Date and Price: When can I pre-order the Ataribox on Indiegogo?
The Ataribox has a rough spring 2018 release date, with a planned price tag of $249 – $299, according to an earlier Atari newsletter.
More recently, Atari revealed that the Ataribox is available to pre-order on Indiegogo from December 14. 2017.
In a similar email update, Atari said of its crowdfunding campaign:
“We at Atari are thrilled to introduce you to our first new gaming hardware in over 20 years. Welcome to Ataribox. Pre-orders will officially open on December 14th, 2017. Our community is the absolute backbone of Atari and we’d like to offer our earliest supporters a chance to grab Ataribox at an exclusive discount. Keep an eye on that inbox for your chance to order yours.”
What is Ataribox?
Atari has released the very first images of its upcoming console, showcasing a surprisingly modern system that also sports a vintage wooden finish.
This first set of images reveal quite a bit of information regarding the console. It appears it will feature a SD card slot, HDMI output and four USB ports. You’ve also got what seems to be a headphone jack alongside an ethernet cable port.
The Ataribox will be available in two variants: a black/red version and one with a stylish wood finish. The console looks great, and it will support a ‘ton’ of classic Atari titles alongside modern experiences thanks to its Linux custom interface that will utilise an AMD processor and Radeon graphics card.
Speaking of, Atari alluded to the future library in a recent newsletter by saying, “we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content.” Could we be looking at a future competitor to PS4 and Xbox One? Only time will tell.
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Ataribox games – What can I play on it?
Speaking to Gamesbeat, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais confirmed that the decision to develop a new console was inspired by Nintendo’s success with the NES Mini. Keeping this in mind, it’s possible that the Ataribox will be a reasonably priced bit of kit designed to play classic games.
Atari confirmed recently that its machine will be capable of playing both modern and classic games. The Linux-based machine will sport an AMD processor and Radeon graphics card, so expect it to be capable of supporting a host of different titles.
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