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AtariBox News / Launch Delay!
« Last post by Admin on December 14, 2017, 03:41:37 PM »
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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
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AtariBox News / Images of the joystick revealed
« Last post by Admin on December 11, 2017, 06:39:23 PM »
On the official ArtariBox Facebook page, they have just posted ...

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“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!
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AtariBox News / Ataribox will be available for pre-order on December 14th, 2017.
« Last post by Admin on December 11, 2017, 02:24:59 PM »
Ataribox will be available for pre-order on December 14th, 2017.
 

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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!
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AtariBox News / More AtariBox information and a possible release date!
« Last post by Admin 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.

Read more at http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/ataribox-atari-new-console-price-release-date-specs-games-news-rumours-2993249#kHdUg4ZgjHF4o2U1.99
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AtariBox Console Discussion / I've just noticed something!
« Last post by Admin 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!

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AtariBox Console Discussion / Can you smell ....
« Last post by Admin on September 11, 2017, 04:18:02 PM »
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AtariBox Games Discussion / Possible first AtariBox game announced? Tempest 4000!
« Last post by Admin on September 07, 2017, 04:02:27 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 www.Atari.com.
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AtariBox News / Re: Atari 'Retro' Range for Christmas 2017
« Last post by Admin 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 ®
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AtariBox News / Atari 'Retro' Range for Christmas 2017
« Last post by Admin 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!!
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AtariBox News / AMD Semi-Custom Silicon May Power Atari's All New Ataribox
« Last post by Admin on July 27, 2017, 07:02:05 PM »
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

Read more at https://hothardware.com/news/amd-semi-custom-silicon-may-power-atari-ataribox#Oxp81cTgjIMgSmQX.99
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