The gaming legend returns with Ataribox

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The gaming legend returns with Ataribox
Ataribox


Want to play retro games? Well Atari will soon launch its Ataribox

Available to pre-order on Thursday December 14 for a special price via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, the Ataribox is shaping up to be an amalgam of retro gaming console and living room PC. Details are mostly sketchy at this point, but we do know that it will be powered by some variant of Linux OS and will include over 100 Atari classic games pre-installed.

Unfortunately, for retro gaming fans, the full list of games is still unknown, nor do we know other key information like the Ataribox's shipping date or its pricing though some reports it suggest it will sell somewhere between $250 and $300 or Php12,000 - 15,000. Atari Interactive has been leaking dribs and drabs through social media, such as the inclusion of titles like Asteroids, Missile Command, and Breakout, three of its most popular games.

The company has updated the design for its console while retaining touches from the vintage 2600 -- in addition to an option with black trim and red glowing Atari logo, you can get the Ataribox with the faux wood trim of the original. The joystick also resembles the 2600's, but with a revamped look that's more 2017 than 1980.

But by choosing to build the Ataribox as a Linux-running mini PC, Atari is giving itself the opportunity to stay current with new games, unlike many of the plug-and-play retro consoles. Though we don't know the precise configuration, we've been promised a system with a AMD processor customized for the console and the ability to play mid-range games.

Will the Ataribox be a hit like Nintendo's SNES Classic mini was? Or will it fizzle out like many other living room PCs that came before it, despite the retro trappings? The price will clearly be an issue, even if it's technically a PC, it could winding up costing as much as some versions of the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, not to mention that many potential buyers would only want it to play the old Atari games. We'll get a better idea starting on December 14, as the Indiegogo campaign kicks off and Atari will see how just many people will rush to open their wallets to grab an Ataribox.


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