Atari is back – with Ataribox Console

Ataribox console
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Yes, Atari is making a come back yet again. And this time through Ataribox console. For those of us who grew up playing Pac-Man and Space invaders on the classic 2600 console, this is a big announcement. Getting to relive those memories again on an eerily familiar looking console is just awesome. Some of the old classic games will be back with this new console along with dozens of new offerings.

The official website is really cryptic as no details can be ascertained from it. But blogs are humming with insider news and updates. Ataribox console is supposedly a mini computer powered by Linux Operating System.

Here is what we have picked up from the rumor (and official) mill.

  • OS: Linux. Possibly Debian based customized by Ataribox team.
  • Computer: It is supposed to act like a mini computer and not just a gaming console.
  • Open: The system will be open (probably completely open source) and therefore customizable
  • Marketplace: There is a call for developers on Ataribox website. There might be an Ataribox marketplace for apps and games coming in the near future.
  • Classic games: Will play some of the familiar and popular classic games as well as have a whole new plethora of apps and games.
  • Processor: AMD with their Radeon GPU chip set
  • Connectivity: Should have HDMI (4k?), Wifi for online games
  • Set top box: Can act similar to Apple TV or Chromecast.
  • Price: US$250 starting price and goes up based on configuration

We can not wait to get our hands on one. Especially, since it is supposed to be able to run classic games that the original gamers just loved to play.

The Ataribox cconsole is scheduled to be launched in Spring 2018. Which is a good 6 months away. But that could be beta and limited release. The real big release might not happen till the Christmas shopping season in 2018.

At this time, it is not a threat to Sony Playstation and Microsoft Xbox. But that might change if it is a run away success.

This is not the first time Atari has tried to make a comeback. But most of those efforts were largely a huge failure. Would this time around it be different? We will know for sure when it is released in public.

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