Gaming publisher Atari announced this week plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for its new gaming system, Ataribox, which is described as a unique modern design that has been influenced by iconic Atari products such as the Atari 2600. While sharing details about Ataribox, Atari CEO, Fred Chesnais, stated:
“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. 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.”
Atari reported that Ataribox will run a Linux OS, with a user interface customized for the TV. The console will launch with a large back-catalog of Atari classic games, and current titles from a range of studios. Additional details on content and partnerships will be released at a later date. Feargal Mac, Ataribox General Manager, also commented:
“People are used to the flexibility of a PC, but most connected TV devices have closed systems and content stores. 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.”
Ataribox will first be made available through the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform this fall, with a targeted global launch in Spring 2018. The expected price range will be $249-$299, depending on specific editions and memory configurations.
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