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Atari has just released new information about the Ataribox, the new console from the former video game giant. While in the last few months it was only guesswork, there are now actually details about the hardware, the operating system, the scope of the software, additional offers in addition to the games (streaming, internet use, music, etc.) and financing via crowdfunding Platform. Here I have summarized all the news and current information about the Ataribox, which should be available for sale in spring 2018.
I cannot provide you with a detailed data sheet for the Ataribox yet. But the technical details that Atari communicated by email. Some specs might surprise, others were predictable. Here is an overview of the details about the Atari box mentioned in the Atari mail:
The release of the Ataribox is planned for spring 2018. The price is said to range between $ 249 and $ 299. As announced earlier, there will be different versions of the Ataribox, which are reminiscent of the Atari 2600 console in terms of design and choice of materials, but should still be modern. You can probably pre-order the Ataribox and buy it in Early Access from autumn 2017 on the Indiegogo platform. There will also be special editions and price models for the crowdfunding supporters who help finance the Ataribox via Indiegogo. By the way: yes, the front of the new Atari console is made of real wood again;)
Some Atari classics should therefore be preinstalled on the Ataribox console, which should be available for purchase in 2018. In addition, the open Linux system, which among other things allows adaptations by developers and users, should also support apps, social media or social networks, internet browsers, streaming of films, series and music as well as similar applications. It should be a PC for the Smart TV. Whether new games are available via modules, CDs or just through downloads, which titles are planned and what the price for an Ataribox game will be, that is still open. There is only this statement:
"There will be tons of classic Atari retro games pre-loaded, & current titles from a range of studios (we'll start talking titles very soon, stay tuned)."
You can find more information, pictures, a video and updates on the console at Ataribox.com.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.