The Ataribox will be Atari’s modern crack at the console market — if only the company could make some solid progress on the actual hardware. Unfortunately, the project is essentially on hold, with the December 14 Indiegogo campaign suspended for an undisclosed period of time.
“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.”
The company did not provide any further details, including what this “key element” is, or an updated timeline for the campaign.
While no one is expecting the Ataribox to dethrone the Xbox One, PS4 or Switch, bringing an entirely new console to market is not an easy task. I doubt this will be the last time the Ataribox runs into problems.