Atari has been working on a Linux-powered, retro gaming console that is expected to go on sale sometime next year. If you've never heard of Atari's latest gaming console, the Ataribox, it is billed as the "ultimate video game and entertainment box."

The device will offer classic Atari titles, thousands of indie and PC games, and streaming applications from major content providers like Hulu, HBO GO, Netflix and more. Atari also stated that users will have full access to the underlying Linux OS, expanding the range of possibilities for this little unit.

The company has released photos of the joystick for the console on its Facebook page, and it's obvious upon seeing them the Ataribox was not designed for modern gaming. However, it's a simple, yet stylish design that gamers familiar with the system should appreciate.

The Ataribox will allow gamers to play whatever retro titles come pre-installed on the system, but at the moment, there is no official word on what specific games will be included at launch. If one was to speculate, a few titles that likely make the cut would be:

  • Centipede

  • Asteroids

  • Pong

  • Pac-Man

  • Paperboy

  • Galaga

Atari is currently running a survey to gauge interest in what features potential buyers consider important. If you'd like to ensure a certain title is included, or you want unfiltered access to the Linux distro, make your way over to the survey by clicking here. You'll automatically be entered for a chance to receive an exclusive Ataribox discount when it launches.

Do you plan on scooping up an Ataribox when it's released?

via omgUbuntu