Ataribox Game Console runs on Linux with custom AMD processor and Radeon graphics

Ataribox Game Console runs on Linux with custom AMD processor and Radeon graphics

The legendary American video game developer, released details about its , Ataribox. The game console will run on Linux with an AMD processor with Radeon graphics. will begin a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo this fall with $250~$300 and it will launch the Ataribox in the spring of 2018.

The low-cost rig will have a large back catalog of the publisher’s classic games and the idea is to create a box that makes people feel regretful about the past. Also, console is capable of running the independent games they want to play today, like Minecraft or Terraria.

The new box will have an AMD custom processor with Radeon graphics. It will run the Linux operating system, with a user interface it’s customizing for TVs. Ataribox creator Mac Conuladh, said that the machine will run PC games, but it will also be capable of doing streaming, running apps, browsing the web, and playing music. As far as games go, the machine will run the kind of games that a mid-range PC can do today, but it won’t run Triple-A games that require high-end PC performance.

Atari will collect in feedbacks from fans, particularly on things like content, colors, special editions, early access, and design options. But it has made some key decisions on the design, which pays homage to older consoles such as the Atari 2600, which debuted in 1977. The creator thought of the idea for the box when he saw kids and their friends connecting laptops to TVs so they could play Minecraft and other software that they didn’t have readily available on consoles. As Atari started talking about the project, Mac was astounded to see how much love people had for Atari.

Mac said Indiegogo will be able to offer stronger international support for crowdfunding as well as hardware support. As a Linux-based open system, the Ataribox will also promote freedom for users to run what they want. Users will have free access to the underlying OS to customize as they wish.

Mac also said ‘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 have 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.’


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