This is what the Ataribox looks like

James Marshall
July 17, 2017

Atari took the games industry by surprise earlier this month when it revealed that the company was working on a brand new console.

Atari has said previously that while it would be re-releasing classic games for the Ataribox console, including Pac-Man, Pong, Space Invaders and Asteroids, and it will also feature modern gaming content.

Although we do not know for sure, the hardware details, nor the pricing and availability specifics of the Ataribox yet, we now know that it will be "something new that stays true to our heritage, while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari".

Atari, in a newsletter to fans, promised that the Ataribox will feature feature SD card support, a HDMI port, and four USB ports (the teaser image also shows an Ethernet port).

The selection of ports further confirms that Atari's upcoming platform isn't exclusively intended for playing retro games.

Atari, in the hope of emulating the success of Nintendo's Mini NES and Mini SNES, has unveiled the Ataribox-a modern console inspired by the legendary Atari 2600, which was first released in 1977.

Previous comments made by Atari's current CEO Fred Chesnais teased that Ataribox runs on PC technology. "It also means that while we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content".

So, Atari is back in the hardware business. Perhaps Atari is going to republish some classics, or make a new game in retro style. A model with a classic wood-fronted design, and a sleeker, but still retro-chic, red and black edition. "We'll be giving you lots more information and status updates as we progress".

"We're not teasing you intentionally; we want to get this right, so we've opted to share things step by step as we bring Ataribox to life, and to listen closely to Atari community feedback as we do so", said an email from the Ataribox team.

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