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Ataribox Pre-Order Plan “Officially Paused”

ataribox front view

If you were hoping that today would be the day you’d get to throw $300 at your screen and snag a Linux-powered Ataribox games console …Well, we’ve some bad news.

You may be aware that the Ataribox team said pre-orders for the Atari-branded games machine would go live today, December 14th.

But, as you may also be aware, that hasn’t happened.

In an e-mail to prospective backers the ‘Ataribox team’ explains:

“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.”

That’s the “bad” news.

The good-ish news is that an updated launch plan is according to the team involved, now “underway”.

Glance to camera.

So, if you’re yet to detect the faint note of vapourware in the air you can keep a nostril ear out for word on that. The team also promise that “more detailed information” is imminent too.

And it might take some concrete details (CPU, GPU, RAM, ports, OS, retro titles, app support, and so on) to harden up the goodwill that’s fast evaporating towards this increasingly protracted project…