Atari was once king of the video game console industry when it was released in 1977 and carried over into the next decade. The recession of the video game industry in 1983 ended Atari’s run and its history was consumed by other corporations. The last console was the Atari Jaguar, nearly twenty years ago. Now, the iconic company is about to make a comeback for the ages with their brand new console: the Ataribox. Led by CEO Fred Chesnais and Ataribox’s creator Feargal Mac, this is the return of the king of consoles.
What Is the Ataribox?
The new Ataribox showcases modernity with a vintage look, using a wooden exterior rather than the plastic from other consoles. It includes an SDslot, HDMI output, a headphone jack, and ethernet cable port, and four USB ports to connect to the television, as well as transfer data to the Ataribox. It will come in two versions: the sleek wooden finish and the black and red exterior. It will include many Atari games from the past with contemporary games including the highly noted Linux OX interface, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) processor, and a Radeon graphics card.
Release Date & Price
The Ataribox is expected to make its debut in next late spring (April or May) and the projected price at $250-$300. It will run on that Linux OX/AMD processor that was spoken about earlier, which bumps its cost to the $250 to $300 range. Hopefully, everything goes according to plan with no delays.
What Games Can You Play on the Ataribox?
Because it is Atari, it makes sense that the Ataribox will have their massive list of classic games, as if it was 1982. They want older generations to remember their childhood again, as well as get newcomers into the system and pick up what the previous generations had 35 years ago. Also, it will run other games like Minecraft and will seek what fans have to say to make it even better.
This includes Ataribox’s available content, graphics, access, and options for gameplay. It will also run numerous PC games and can stream online games and apps, allow internet searching, and play music from connected computers. It is going to be a console that has the 80s look but plays games of a regular PC, which should be more than enough for average gamers.
On top of that, it will be in connection with IndieGoGo and Kickstarter. For this to become a real success and people to buy into it, people must invest in the product. This isn’t just another console that brings back memories of a once incredible past, with games like Pac-Man, Pong, Space Invaders, and Asteroids. A project that has been long-awaited and planned out, it isn’t going to be a gaming masterpiece to go toe-to-toe with PS4 and Xbox 360, but it can stand up with another solid PC console.
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