Ataribox first look: New photos of the Atari 2600-inspired game console

Gwen Vasquez
July 17, 2017

The company has now revealed the new Ataribox console and it sounds like it will offer more than just a retro gaming fix.

They've used the old-school Atari console design notes to create the Ataribox's aesthetic, riffing on the iconic wood-panelling and ribbed surface. Indicator lights glow through these materials, and Atari is including SD card support, a HDMI port, and four USB ports on the Ataribox. The two different designs for the console seem to revolve around either having a black glass panel in the front, with a red Atari logo, or a wooden front with a white logo.

As you can guess, those ports suggest modern internal specs. An official newsletter promises that the console will appeal to "both old and new fans" by playing modern games and classic Atari titles.

Atari announced its return to the hardware business last month when the company showed a mysterious video teasing a "brand new Atari product". At the same time, Atari's new console will deliver current content although it isn't clear how the company plans on doing that.

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Atari isn't providing any more information on pricing, release dates, game content, or even full specs right now.

You won't be surprised to learn that the Ataribox will be available with a number of classic games to let you bask in the early days of console gaming where we sat on the carpet in front of tiny tube TVs (with rabbit ears on the back, of course).

"We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, pricing, timing", said Atari in the statement, promising further updates in the coming months. "We're not teasing you intentionally." continues the newsletter "We want to get this right, so we've opted to share things step by step as we bring this to life". The Mini NES succeeded, in part, due to its simplicity and cheap price, both of which would be hard in a more capable console.

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