Atari tells fans its new Ataribox console will arrive in late 2018

Atari has revealed more details about its Ataribox videogame console today, with the company disclosing that the console will ship in late 2018 for somewhere between $249 and $299.

Atari says that it will launch the Ataribox on Indiegogo this autumn.

The company said it chose to launch the console in this way because it wants fans to be part of the launch, be able to gain access to early and special editions, as well as to make the Atari community “active partners” in the rollout of Ataribox.

“I was blown away when a 12-year-old knew every single game Atari had published. That’s brand magic. We’re coming in like a startup with a legacy,” said Ataribox creator and general manager Feargal Mac in an interview with VentureBeat.

“We’ve attracted a lot of interest, and AMD showed a lot of interest in supporting us and working with us. With Indiegogo, we also have a strong partnership.”

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Atari also revealed that its new console will come loaded with “tons of classic Atari retro games”, and the company is also working on developing current titles with a range of studios.

The Ataribox will be powered by an AMD customised processor, with Radeon Graphics technology, and will run Linux, with a customised, easy-to-use user interface.

The company believes this approach will mean that, as well as being a gaming device, the Ataribox will also be able to service as a complete entertainment unit that delivers a full PC experience for the TV, bringing users streaming, applications, social, browsing and music.

“People are used to the flexibility of a PC, but most connected TV devices have closed systems and content stores,” Mac said. “We wanted to create a killer TV product where people can game, stream and browse with as much freedom as possible, including accessing pre-owned games from other content providers.”

In previous releases, Atari has said that it would make two editions of its new console available: a wood edition and a black and red version.

After being asked by many fans, the company has revealed that the wood edition will be made from real wood.

Atari has asked that fans let it know what they think of the new console via its social channels

Atari promises “current gaming content” for its Ataribox console

Atari has revealed more details about its much anticipated Ataribox, with the company saying it would deliver “current gaming content”.

While Atari is still keeping many of the Ataribox’s details secret for now, in an email to fans the company has said that it will be releasing two editions of its new console: a wood edition, and a black/red edition.

The company also revealed that while the Ataribox will work in a similar way to the NES and SNES Classic, in that it will provide access to classic games, the company said that its retro titles will be available alongside current content.

Although, it isn’t clear at this stage what the company means by current content.

Other details on the Ataribox are scant at this point, but Atari did say that it would feature an array of new ports including two HDMI ports , 4 USB ports and SD card support, which are included to make the Ataribox a modern console rather than just a rehash of Atari’s classic consoles.

The company also said that it would be listening closely to Atari community feedback so that it builds a product the Atari community can be proud of.

However, at this stage Atari is keeping information on games, pricing, release dates and full specs pretty close to its chest.

“We’re not teasing you intentionally; we want to get this right, so we’ve opted to share things step by step as we bring Ataribox to life, and to listen closely to Atari community feedback as we do so” reads Atari’s statement.

“There are a lot of milestones, challenges and decision points in front of us in the months ahead. We’ll be giving you lots more information and status updates as we progress, and we are thrilled to have you along for the ride!”