Along with some brand new images sent out today, Atari has released new details about their upcoming console, the Ataribox. GamesBeat got an exclusive interview with Feargal Mac, the Ataribox creator, to discuss what the new console had in store for people and they got some interesting answers. Among the highlights were that the system has an AMD chip and will use Linux as the primary OS, allowing users to have more freedom with an open system where this seems like it will be more customizable, as opposed to other consoles where you're locked into the display/OS they want you to use.
This, of course, has a bonus and minus to the entire system. The choice of tech and software keeps the cost low so the price is projected to be between $250-300. However, that setup is no better than your average PC before a hardcore gamer would get all Dr. Frankenstein on it, so the capabilities of the console are limited to playing everything below AAA titles. They do claim you'll be able to livestream from the system, however, no details were given about how exactly that will work out and at what quality. From our perspective, these early details feel like a lot of good ideas with weird execution. Here's a quick snippet from the interview from Atari CEO Fred Chesnais about the open system.
"With Ataribox, we wanted to create an open system, a killer product where people can game, stream and browse with as much freedom as possible. Atari games and content will be available as well as games and content from other providers," said Chesnais, in a statement. "We also wanted to launch Ataribox with our community, and reward our fans with exclusive early access, special editions, and include them as active participants in the product rollout."