Atari seems to be looking to capitalize on the wave of nostalgia that Nintendo has started with NES CLassic Edition with the upcoming Ataribox. However, despite being a console, Atari has designed Ataribox to be quite flexible almost as much flexible as the PC.
Ataribox being as flexible as a PC is not much of a surprise since it is based on PC technology and features AMD processor and Radeon Graphics and will be priced at $250. Feargal Mac, the general manager for the console told Game Industry that people are used to the flexibility of a PC.
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.
Ataribox will use Linux OS and will apparently be compatible with Steam and will be able to run modern games thanks to its powerful enough processor and GPU. However, one can’t help but make comparisons with the ill-fated Steam machine but, there is a chance that Atari will able to capitalize on the nostalgia factor.
In related news, a nostalgic gamer has managed to find the long forgotten piece of Atari history, Atari 2700, which was a prototype console designed to be a follow-up to Atari 2600 but, was never put into production.
What do you think of the Ataribox? Will this console/PC be able to make Atari relevant in the game industry? Let us know in the comments.