Atari has revealed more information about its upcoming consoles, the Ataribox.
Coming Spring 2018, the company has announced via press release that the device will be Linux-based, coming pre-loaded with an Atari archive as well as third party games. It will support both retro and modern games, though what that exactly means — console? PC? mobile? — hasn’t been revealed. Atari touts the Linux OS backbone as allowing for the ability to add other game services onto it. Steam, perhaps?
The box will have an interface designed for TV, which can be seen in its Instagram photo below, and eventually deliver media and apps via its retro-tastic design. Yes, that’s real wood in the inlay, something that modern electronics have generally shied away from (thanks to cost).
The big news is pricing. With a variety of SKUs based on memory/HDD and specs, the consoles will range from $249-$299 at launch, and be available initially on Indiegogo. The target date is Spring 2018.