There are not too many details on what exactly the Ataribox is going to consist of, but there are some bits and pieces to give us a good idea of what it will be.
The Ataribox is supposed to be Atari's response to Nintendo's NES Classic, but the Ataribox is said to be receiving more modern features, such as the ability to access online entertainment services such as Netflix and HBO Go. What makes the Ataribox more attractive is the ability to add your own gaming services such as Steam by accessing the underlying OS and installing the services.
Atari's original plan was to have the Ataribox go up for pre-order through crowdfunding on Indiegogo on December 14 for somewhere around the $299 mark. This, however, is no longer the case as Atari has delayed the pre-order release until further notice.
Atari released a statement saying,
The countdown to the Ataribox launch on Indiegogo has been officially paused. Because of one key element on our checklist, it is taking more time to create the platform and ecosystem the Atari community deserves. Building Ataribox is incredibly important to us and we will do whatever it takes to be sure it is worth the wait.
Ataribox is supposed to come bundled with a retro-styled single-button joystick. The internals of the device is supposed to include an AMD processor, Radeon graphics, and a choice of memory options. It will also be available in two different models, one with a classic wood grain finish and another with a red and black color scheme. For connectivity, there will be modern ports including an HDMI output, an Ethernet port, SD card slot, and four USB ports.
Are you excited about the release of the Ataribox? Are you planning on pre-ordering one once it goes on sale?