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COMPLETE GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE DEVELOPMENT WITH MULTIPLE 3RD PARTY INTEGRATIONS FOR ATARI

ABOUT ATARI

Atari is a multi-platform, global interactive entertainment and licensing company. The original innovator of video gaming, founded in 1972, Atari owns and/or manages a portfolio of more than 200 games and franchises, including world renowned brands like Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Pong®, Test Drive®, Backyard Sports®, Ghostbusters®, and Rollercoaster Tycoon®. Atari capitalizes on these powerful properties by delivering compelling games online (i.e. browser, Facebook® and digital download), on smartphones and tablets and other connected devices. The Company also develops and distributes interactive entertainment for video game consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony.

Atari VCS (code named Ataribox) is the latest home video game console produced by Atari, SA. The system was first revealed in June 2017 and pre-orders should have begun on May 30, 2018 however it was delayed until 2020. While its physical design is intended to pay homage to the Atari 2600, the new Atari VCS is expected to play modern games and streaming entertainment via a Linux-based operating system that will allow users to download and install other compatible games onto it. The system shares a name with Atari, Inc.'s 1977 Video Computer System, usually shortened to VCS, which was renamed to the Atari 2600 in late 1982.

CHALLENGES

  • Initial pit stops during the implementation with the GUI and OS
  • Complexity in GUI
  • Difficulty in handling multiple vendors
  • Difficulty in Managing backend services, user management and content management.
  • Delay in Processing pre-orders

THE
SOLUTION

WE HAVE DEVELOPED A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE THAT BOOTS BY DEFAULT & PROVIDE SIMPLE GRID LAYOUT
WE STARTED THE PROJECT WITH GUI IMPLEMENTATION IN SEP 2019, AND WITHIN 3 MONTHS THE FIRST INITIAL DRAFT FOR THE GUI WAS PREPARED FOR CES 2020
BACK OFFICE TOOL WAS CREATED FOR STREAMLINING CONTENT MANAGEMENT
CENTRAL TO THE PROJECT, WE SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTED THE LATEST FIRMWARE/BIOS/ LOCALIZATION CHANGES THAT WERE COMING IN FROM MULTIPLE VENDORS

TECH
STACK

GUI - Client Side: Unity

Backend: NodeJS

Back ofce Dashboard: ReactJS

Repo: GitHub, GitLab

On May 29, 2020, Atari announced the first batch of 500 production units are ready to exit the factory by midJune, and expected all 10,000 VCS units would be delivered to backers by the end of 2020.

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THE
BENEFITS

BOOTS BY DEFAULT AND PROVIDES A SIMPLE GRID LAYOUT FOR HOME, GAMES, APPS, FRIENDS AND SETTINGS, ATARI WILL BE RUNNING A STOREFRONT OF MODERN TITLES
THE INITIAL DRAFT FOR THE GUI WAS PREPARED FOR CES 2020 WITHIN 3 MONTHS
STREAMLINED CONTENT MANAGEMENT
SIMPLIFIED CONTENT UPLOAD AND TESTING

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