Ataribox pre-orders postponed indefinitely amid development issues

Pre-orders for the Ataribox games console were supposed to be opening on Indiegogo today. They will not be.

Atari has revealed it is delaying the pre-order process for an unspecified time while it figures out some issues.

The company today emailed interested parties saying it needs more time “to create the platform and ecosystem the Atari community deserves.”

The issues appear to be quite significant, given Atari doesn’t plan on updating potential customers for another “few weeks”, Engadget reports.

Today’s announcement could put the planned Spring 2018 release date at risk, depending on the scale of the development problems.

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It’s somewhat surprising considering the firm recently emailed supporters to say: “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.”

It’s unclear exactly what’s changed in the last few days.

Where are the games?

The stylish and sleek $299 set-top box will enable retro gaming fans to enjoy titles from the company’s golden era, which kickstarted the home gaming revolution.

Atari is yet to make an announcement on which games will be featured, but we can surely expect every marquee title the noted developer has stored in the archives.

In terms of tech, it’ll have an SD card slot, HDMI output and four USB ports for joysticks and controllers. In the limited information Atari has released thus far, we’ve also learned the console will have an AMD processor and run the Linux OS.

Are you excited for the Ataribox? Or is $299 a little too much to ask a retro gaming machine, given the success of Nintendo’s offerings and the abundance of home-brewed solutions? Let us know your thoughts @TrustedReviews on Twitter.