What is the Ataribox, you ask? It's a multipurpose game system featuring classic Atari titles, but wait! There's more. Instead of a traditional console, which is locked down to games specifically available for the system, the Ataribox runs GNU/Linux, and in the spirit of keeping it an open-platform, it will also run games that can run on Linux as a whole. The concept is akin to the Steam Machines, which ran the GNU/Linux-based SteamOS, with which they also function as desktop PCs if so needed.
Speaking of PCs, that's basically what the system is. It runs a custom AMD APU with Radeon Graphics. On top of the fact that it runs GNU/Linux, it should be usable for everyday computing tasks as well. Just how customizable it is, remains to be seen, but judging by the open nature of GNU/Linux systems, customisation should be a strong point for the console.
That's what makes the Ataribox interesting. We all loved playing games such as Pong and, of course, Asteroids. It's really interesting to see them re-enter the console space. Even more so, since it's open. What this means is that the system will support media streaming, social media, web browsing, music, and much more.
It's pretty affordable for what you get too. Atari says pricing will be between $249 and $299 USD, depending on the model. You'll be able to back the Ataribox on Indiegogo, sometime in Spring 2018.
It's going to be interesting to see how much interest Atari will generate with this. The concept is intriguing and there is a lot of people who want to relive the nostalgia of playing Pong. As more details emerge about the Ataribox, we'll keep you updated.
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