When did you last play on your Atari? If you have a taste, you can soon return to your games and remember the 80s. Atari is preparing a legend return, this time called Ataribox. It uses Linux.
Additional details, including hardware, software and approximate price, are now known. Today, an Indiegogo campaign will be launched, and we can only hope it will be as successful as the ZX Spectrum Next campaign.
We now know that the Ataribox design will be based on the Atari 2600 classical console, but everything will be new inside: an AMD processor with Radeon graphics, an operating system built on Linux and HDMI. According to the authors, more than a hundred classic games will be preloaded in the console. Their specific list is not yet available, but Atari Interactive releases some information on social networking sites, so we already know that it will be for example Asteroids, Missile Command and Breakout.
We also know the approximate price, which should be between $ 250 and $ 300. The design is based on classic shapes, but it approximates the look of today's technology. But if you want to be more retro, you will be able to order a variant in wood. The Joystick also reminds of the original device, but it is still nearly 40 years away.
The advantage is that it is not a classic retro console, where you play only original games from the 1980s. Because inside of the modern processor and operating system, some new games will be played. Which and in what quality will show up detailed information about the hardware used.
The question is whether a similar console is interested in the players. For such money, it is possible to buy a modern Xbox or PlayStation, so Atari really has to turn to those who have experienced the original time. They would probably want something more retro, ideally a new series of some of Atari's classic machines.
On the other hand, executive equipment offers entertainment to all members of the family. My dad plays Space Invaders, kids can play Minecraft. We will see if customers will demand that.
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