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AtariBox News / Re: Launch Delay!
« on: July 20, 2020, 05:07:20 PM »
Atari VCS's COO Michael Arzt stated in December 2019 that they were in the final stages of pre-production of the unit, with plans to ship the console to those that pre-ordered by March 2020 before the units were then sent to retail. Arzt explained that the lack of communications over the previous year was due to limitations with their partnership contracts, but promised that they would try to provide more regular updates moving forward.

The console was delayed in March again, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Atari showed off a new production update on March 20, when they said that they have received enough parts to build the first 500 Atari VCS production units. However, most of these units are earmarked as dev kits for developers.

On May 29, 2020, Atari announced the first batch of 500 production units are ready to exit the factory by mid-June. On June 25, 2020, they announced the all of the 10,000 VCS units will come to the backers this Fall.

AtariBox News / The Atari Box is no more - It's got a new name!
« on: March 26, 2018, 05:10:07 PM »
The new name of the Atari Box has been revealed to be the Atari VCS!, Very retro! :D

AtariBox News / Launch Delay!
« on: December 14, 2017, 03:41:37 PM »
The countdown to the Ataribox launch on Indiegogo has been officially paused. Because of one key element on our checklist, it is taking more time to create the platform and ecosystem the Atari community deserves. Building Ataribox is incredibly important to us and we will do whatever it takes to be sure it is worth the wait.

 An updated launch plan is underway and more detailed information will be available soon.

 We will be keeping you, our community, informed every step of the way. Thank you again for your support of Ataribox.

 -The Ataribox Team

AtariBox News / Images of the joystick revealed
« on: December 11, 2017, 06:39:23 PM »
On the official ArtariBox Facebook page, they have just posted ...

“We were going to wait for launch to show you the Ataribox Joystick, but we like it way too much to wait.”

And here it is ...

It's cool that they have done a joystick inspired by the Atari 2600 version but I really hope they come up with a joypad too, time hasn't yet erased the pain the 2600 joysticks created on my hands!

Ataribox will be available for pre-order on December 14th, 2017.

You'll be the first to know before pre-orders go live. Our team would like to offer our earliest supporters a chance to grab Ataribox at an exclusive discount, so keep an eye on that inbox.
These deals will be extremely limited. We'll tell you everything you need to know to get the best deal soon.

From promo email sent to me!

AtariBox News / More AtariBox information and a possible release date!
« on: October 14, 2017, 04:41:59 PM »
What is Ataribox?

Atari has released the very first images of its upcoming console, showcasing a surprisingly modern system that also sports a vintage wooden finish.

This first set of images reveal quite a bit of information regarding the console. It appears it will feature a SD card slot, HDMI output and four USB ports. You’ve also got what seems to be a headphone jack alongside an ethernet cable port.

The Ataribox will be available in two variants: a black/red version and one with a stylish wood finish. The console looks great, and it will support a ‘ton’ of classic Atari titles alongside modern experiences thanks to its Linux custom interface that will utilise an AMD processor and Radeon graphics card.

Speaking of, Atari alluded to the future library in a recent newsletter by saying, “we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content.” Could we be looking at a future competitor to PS4 and Xbox One? Only time will tell.

Ataribox release date – when is it coming out?

Ataribox is set to launch in Spring 2018 with a planned price tag of $249 – $299, Atari announced in a recent newsletter.

Speaking to Gamesbeat, 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.

Ataribox games – What can I play on it?

Atari confirmed recently that its machine will be capable of playing both modern and classic games. The Linux-based machine will sport an AMD processor and Radeon graphics card, so expect it to be capable of supporting a host of different titles.


AtariBox Console Discussion / I've just noticed something!
« on: October 14, 2017, 04:36:05 PM »
Atari have stated that the wood effect on the front of the AtariBox is actually not an effect but real wood! How cool is that!

AtariBox Console Discussion / Can you smell ....
« on: September 11, 2017, 04:18:02 PM »

Legendary Game Designer Jeff Minter and Atari® Team Up for Adrenaline-Pumping Reboot of Classic Arcade Sci-Fi Tube Shooter with Tempest 4000™

NEW YORK, NY (AUGUST 8, 2017) - Atari®, one of the world's most iconic consumer brands and interactive entertainment producers, today announced Tempest 4000™, a visually stunning, action-packed shooter based on the classic arcade game, Tempest®, will be available this holiday season on current generation consoles and PC. Developed by legendary game designer Jeff Minter, Tempest 4000 remains faithful to the original fast-paced gameplay while adding exciting new features and gorgeous graphics for audiences on the most popular contemporary platforms.

The original Tempest, one of the first video games to use 3D vector graphics, represents one of Atari’s hallmark titles and is considered one of the most popular arcade games of all time. It has been featured prominently across pop culture – including in Ernest Cline’s dystopian Ready Player One novel.

“At the end of the day, video gamers always win,” said Jeff Minter, Executive Producer of Tempest 4000 and founder of Llamasoft. “I am very happy to work with Atari again to bring a long-awaited sequel of Tempest to our legion of fans and a new generation of gamers worldwide.”

Just as in the original game, players are once again in control of the Claw, a powerful spacecraft equipped to destroy deadly creatures and other obstructions with rapid-fire shots on vibrant geometric prisms. With three game modes to choose from and 100 levels to conquer, players must eliminate all enemies as quickly as possible to survive, aiming for the coveted spot at the top of the leaderboards.

Additional Key Features Include:                                                                                         
•Arcade Style Shooter: Blast down hordes of enemies in this fast-paced arcade style shoot ‘em up.
•Unparalleled Graphics: Experience Tempest 4000’s mind-blowing graphics in beautiful 4K resolution.
•Multiple Game Modes: Pick from three different game modes including Standard, Pure and Endurance that will push your skills to the limit.
•Level Up: Progress and clear through 100 unique geometric levels by destroying enemies with various weapons and power-ups, and earn upgrades through bonus rounds.
•Climb to the Top of the Leaderboards: Post your high score in your quest to be recognized as number one on the leaderboards.
•Retro Techno Soundtrack: Enjoy the beats of a thumping soundtrack inspired by early 1990’s techno.
•Old School Gameplay: Feeling nostalgic? Relive the traditional gameplay of the original Tempest with enhanced graphics on current generation consoles.

“The original Tempest is a beloved arcade classic with a unique style and intense, edge-of-your-seat gameplay,” said Todd Shallbetter, Chief Operating Officer of Atari. “We’re thrilled to be able to work with Jeff Minter again, someone who is a legend in the industry and has made a huge impact on the history of video games, to develop this highly-anticipated next installment of the Tempest franchise, updated with today’s technology.”

Developed by Llamasoft, Tempest 4000 will be coming soon to console and PC. For more information, visit

AtariBox News / Re: Atari 'Retro' Range for Christmas 2017
« on: September 07, 2017, 03:57:35 PM »
Full list of included games below:

1. 3D Tic-Tac-Toe (31 in 1)
2. Adventure
3. Air-Sea Battle
4. Asteroids ®
5. Black Jack
6. Bowling
7. Breakout ®
8. Canyon Bomber ®
9. Casino
10. Centipede ®
11. Circus Atari ®
12. Crystal Castles ®
13. Demons to Diamonds ™
14. Desert Falcon ®
15. Dodge 'em
16. Double Dunk
17. Fun With Numbers
18. Golf
19. Gravitar ®
20. Haunted House ®
21. Home Run
22. Human Cannonball ™
23. Maze Craze
24. Millipede ®
25. Miniature Golf ®
26. Missile Command ®
27. Night Driver ™
28. Off the Wall
29. Pong - Video Olympics
30. Quadrun ™
31. Radar Lock ™
32. Realsports Football ®
33. Realsports Tennis ®
34. Realsports Volleyball ®
35. Sprintmaster
36. Star Raiders ®
37. Steeplechase
38. Stellar Track ™
39. Street Racer
40. Submarine Commander
41. Super Baseball
42. Super Breakout ®
43. Swordquest: Earthworld ™
44. Swordquest: Fireworld ™
45. Swordquest: Waterworld ™
46. Tempest ®
47. Video Checkers
48. Video Chess
49. Video Pinball
50. Yar's Revenge ®

AtariBox News / Atari 'Retro' Range for Christmas 2017
« on: September 07, 2017, 03:56:54 PM »

Atari 2600 Returns as New Compact Handheld and Innovative Plug and Play TV Joystick with 50 Classic Atari® Games Built-In in time for Christmas 2017!

The 'Atari "Retro" Handheld' features the immortalised "wood" effect and includes 50 classic games built-in, including: Asteroids®, Pong®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Breakout®, Millipede® and more.

 The 'Atari "Retro" Plug and Play TV Joystick' features a progressive design, with the inclusion of an arcade style button on top of the controller and will connect to your TV with the included A/V cable (or HDMI with an available adapter).

This is great news for the AtariBox as it's looking like the AtariBox will not just be a 2600 emulator!!

Early last week, Atari finally revealed to the world the [hopefully] final design of its Ataribox gaming console. Pulling from some retro design cues that were introduced with the decade’s-old Atari 2600 console, the smallish box will do battle with the likes of the Nintendo NES Classic and SNES Classic in vying for attention of nostalgic gamers.

However, we still to this day do not know exactly what will be powering the console (or when it will launch). However, in an interview last month, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais confirmed that the Ataribox would be based on PC technology. That isn’t too terribly surprising given that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 families of consoles are based on AMD’s x86 processor architecture.

However, commentary from AMD CEO Lisa Su during yesterday’s earning call might suggest that the chip company could have scored a design win with Atari for the Ataribox. This is pure speculation on our part, of course. The chips that AMD supplies to Microsoft and Sony are part of its “semi-custom” business. So, when Su was asked by Barron’s if there was another new semi-custom chip in the pipeline, she gave a rather curious answer.

She said that there is “one additional design that will ramp in the second half of 2018.” Su went on to mention that AMD would be mum on the subject until its partner is ready to discuss the project further. We have to also consider that Su mentioned this new prospect while at the same time describing an overall softness in the console market.

“In our semi-custom business, unit shipments were up sequentially and down year-over-year as we enter the fifth year of the current game console sales cycle,” said Su. “As we look at the remainder of the year and given the maturity of the current game console cycle, we expect semi-custom revenue to be down for the full year.”

We know that Sony and Microsoft don’t have any additional consoles in the pipeline that will be launching next year (Xbox One X launches in November), and the Nintendo Switch is running on NVIDIA Tegra hardware. Given that the Ataribox is supposed to be a PC-based system — which to this day still doesn’t have a launch date — it seems like the prime candidate for such a semi-custom chip from AMD.

However, if the 2H 2018 production ramp timeframe is accurate and this chip is destined for the Ataribox, it may end up going head-to-head with the inevitable Nintendo 64 Classic


AtariBox News / Ataribox highly expected to shake up game console war
« on: July 22, 2017, 01:21:13 PM »
Earlier this week, Atari has officially thrown itself into the fray with its new hardware product Ataribox, surprising video game enthusiasts for its promising design. While the New York, New York-based company remains silent about the specifications of the gaming console, the Ataribox has been regarded as a powerful entry highly expected to change the face of the gaming hardware competition.

First Ataribox prototypes have been officially revealed on Tuesday, and both video game fans and experts are quite impressed with the design so far. It took a couple of years before Atari has fully decided to give the gaming hardware another shot after failed ventures in the past that soon led to its bankruptcy.

In the current gaming sphere, strong contenders like Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony Interactive Entertainment's PlayStation 4 have already saturated the industry, securing their respective spots on top. Not to mention, Nintendo's revenge with the entry of the mobile Switch console is quite impossible to downplay as it was raking millions from sales in the launch month of March alone. On one end, Windows PCs claim the biggest chunk of video game players from across the globe. How can Atari take down these staples or even just perform well in this multi-billion dollar market?

Forbes notes there are only two key ingredients for Atari's Ataribox to dominate the gaming console. First, if the price is right. Second, if it "embraces the company's rich gaming heritage".

Specifications wise, Atari chief executive Fred Chesnais previously revealed that the console will be built on PC technology. Hence, fans might be seeing down the road a killer multi-core x86 Intel or Qualcomm processor and an NVIDIA or AMD graphics chip into the bargain. In terms of physical build, video game enthusiasts were all smitten by Ataribox's impeccably designed wood-made console. It is also available in red and black edition.

While details of the Ataribox have not been confirmed yet, fans have to wait for Atari to shed light on the console's specifications. At the end of the day, internal components are what make a gaming console powerful.

There are conflicting rumours on the abilities of the AtariBox, some think it will be nothing more than a retro console while others believe that it will be powerful enough to deliver current gaming content. - What do you think?

AtariBox News / The AtariBox will be crowdfunded.
« on: July 19, 2017, 04:58:14 PM »
The new Ataribox is to be crowdfunded, a detail which was left out of today's press release.

“To limit risk taking, this product will initially be launched within the framework of a crowdfunding campaign,” the note reads.

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