Ataribox Will Use AMD Custom Processor And Linus Operating System.
Back in June, Atari announced that they are “back in hardware business” by announcing the Ataribox a retro-style console. Today we have some more news about the upcoming console by Atari.
While talking to VentureBeat, the creator and general manager of Ataribox, Feargal Mac said that the Indiegogo funding campaign will launch later this year and the console will ship in spring 2018. The console will be having a price tag between $250-$300 and will use a custom-built AMD processor.
Mac said that the console will be using a Linux-Based operating system giving the users a freedom to run whatever they want on Ataribox as well as they will have free access to the OS to customize as they wish.
“People are used to the flexibility of a PC, but most connected TV devices have closed systems and content stores,” Mac said. “Ataribox is an open system, and while our user interface will be easy to use, people will also be free to access and customize the underlying OS. We’ve chosen to launch Ataribox with Indiegogo given their focus on delivering technology products, and their strong international presence in over 200 countries, allowing us to reach and involve as many Atari fans around the world as possible.”
“It’s a very flexible product, and you won’t need to spend more money if you don’t want to,” he said. “In some ways, you are buying some freedom.”
“With Ataribox, we wanted to create an open system, a killer product where people can game, stream and browse with as much freedom as possible. Atari games and content will be available as well as games and content from other providers,” said Chesnais, in a statement. “We also wanted to launch Ataribox with our community, and reward our fans with exclusive early access, special editions, and include them as active participants in the product rollout.”