Atari says that the Ataribox’s Indiegogo campaign will launch in the next month or so and that the company will start shipping the device in 2018. A final price for the console has not been confirmed, but the company expects the cost to range between $249 and $299 USD, which amounts to about $308 and $370 CAD.
In comparison, current generation gaming consoles fall into this price range as well. The Xbox One S starts at $350 CAD, the PlayStation 4 (the 1 TB standard model) retails for $379, and the Nintendo Switch is priced at $400.
The console is set to be powered by a custom AMD Radeon graphics card and processor, though it’s unclear if it’s based on the silicon manufacturer’s current processor and graphics card architecture, or an earlier generation of hardware.
More interestingly, however, the Ataribox is set to run Linux, which means it’s likely capable of running any game that’s compatible with a Linux PC.
Similar to Nintendo’s NES Classic and upcoming SNES Classic, the Ataribox is set to come preloaded with classic Atari titles. However, the company has yet to reveal which titles will come preloaded with the device.
Atari says the Ataribox will be available in black, red and wood and that it will feature four USB ports, one HDMI port and one SD slot.
It’s important to note that the Atari today is not the same company that created the now 40-year-old Atari 2600, one of gaming’s first home consoles. The brand and company has shifted hands multiple times and is little more than a logo at this point.
That said, the nostalgic side of me still loves to see the Atari 2600’s wood panel design being revived with a modern flare. Atari plans to reveal more about the Ataribox in the coming weeks.