Atari have previously announced that they're getting back into the console hardware business soon and have provide further details about their new console, the Ataribox.
We already knew that there would be a crowdfunding campaign for the console with similar performance to a mid-range PC and that it would feature two HDMI ports, four USB ports and SD card support.
Today Atari have announced that their new console will run Linux with a custom AMD processor with Radeon graphics and a customized user interface Atari is making for TVs.
In an interview with VentureBeat, Feargal Mac, general manager of the Ataribox, stated: "People are used to the flexibility of a PC, but most connected TV devices have closed systems and content stores."
Mac went further and hinted that customers might be able to access their games library from their Steam-client and GOG-client since both have Linux support: "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. [...] 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.""
The Ataribox will cost between $249.99 and $299.99, arriving in Spring 2018 with a large back catalog of the publisher’s classic games, while the crowdfunding campaign for it will launch on IndieGoGo this fall.
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