Atari has revealed more details about their new sleek, nicely-wrapped Linux PC. The Ataribox will begin shipping late spring next year and it will cost between $249-$299.
According to Atari’s newsletter this stylish computer will be powered by an AMD processor and a Radeon Graphics card. The wording is a bit unclear, so it could be an AMD processor with an integrated Radeon graphics. The console is a full-fledged Linux PC with a custom-made, user-friendly user interface. This means that Ataribox is more than just a gaming device; streaming, applications, social, browsing, music, and all the functions of a modern PC are available to the user.
The device is still primarily designed for gaming and it will be able to play modern games that support Linux (Atari didn’t disclose which games or how many but they said they will include “current titles from a range of studios”). It will also come with “tons” of pre-installed retro Atari games. So those wishing to try their hand on some old games will have a field day (or a week… perhaps even a month).
Atari shared more pictures of the sleek console and it’s a rather nice-looking piece. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but aesthetics definitely wasn’t put on the backburner. The new pictures in a natural environment just showcase just how damn pretty the casing is. Also, we have a confirmation that Wood Edition of Ataribox is made with real wood.
Ataribox will be crowdfunded and the Indiegogo campaign will start this fall. The company will probably use the crowdfunding campaign to judge demand for the console and set the production amounts. They also want the Atari community, to be part of this launch by having early access, grabbing special editions (as well as pricing). In Atari’s own words: “we want to have you as active partners in the rollout of Ataribox. We want you to be part of the story.”