Preorders for the Ataribox, the classic game company’s take on a NES Classic retro console, are slated to go live December 14th. he company emailed the news to fans recently and even teased that there will be a chance for the “earliest supporters” to get one at a discounted price.
The Ataribox was first teased back at E3 in June and then in a more formal unveiling in July, in which the Atari 2600-inspired PC was shown in two customization options: a wood-like finish or a more modern and sleek black and red look. The device will have a custom AMD processor and run Linux, making it capable of playing both classic Atari games and mid-tier PC titles.
“We at Atari are thrilled to introduce you to our first new gaming hardware in over 20 years. Welcome to Ataribox. Pre-orders will officially open on December 14th, 2017. Our community is the absolute backbone of Atari and we’d like to offer our earliest supporters a chance to grab Ataribox at an exclusive discount. Keep an eye on that inbox for your chance to order yours.”
Atari CEO Fred Chesnais confirmed that the decision to develop a new console was inspired by Nintendo’s success with the NES Mini. Keeping this in mind, it’s possible that the Ataribox will be a reasonably priced bit of kit designed to play classic games.
The Ataribox has a rough spring 2018 release date, with a planned price tag of $249 – $299, according to an earlier Atari newsletter.