We’re finally getting some solid details about Atari’s mysterious retro-inspired Ataribox, which is important because Atari expects us to pay for it via Indiegogo, so backers of the crowdfunder will need to know where the money is going.
What you’re getting for your money is a Linux-based mini-console with a custom AMD processor and Radeon GPU under the hood, and a UI designed for TV. Oh, and real wood. Atari says it’s coming packed with classic Atari games, and also supports current games from a range of studios. It’s apparently able to run PC games too, and users can stream media, run apps, and browse the internet with it.
“People are used to the flexibility of a PC, but most connected TV devices have closed systems and content stores,” Ataribox creator and general manager Feargal Mac told VentureBeat. “We wanted to create a killer TV product where people can game, stream and browse with as much freedom as possible, including accessing pre-owned games from other content providers.”
The company is being pretty cagey about the kind of titles we can expect from third party developers, but I’d say it’s a safe bet we wont be seeing triple-A current gen blockbusters on this little box.
The crowdfunding campaign is set to go live very soon, with a planned launch sometime next autumn in Southern Hemisphere time. If you’re interested, the Ataribox is going to set you back somewhere between $249-$299 (R3350-R4022). Which, let’s be honest, is a lot. Even with a real wood finish.