Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Atari reveals first pictures of its new games console

Atari reveals first pictures of its new games console

Atari has also stated that "we will be delivering classic gaming content", much like the NES and SNES Classic Mini retro consoles from Nintendo, but "will also be delivering current gaming content". For example, you will be able to order an Ataribox with a wooden front panel, and the ribbed lines along the top of the casing definitely recalls the original.

All Atariboxes have an SD card reader, an HDMI port, and four USB ports, as well as glowing indicator lights, but Atari isn't sharing any more details as of yet. Expect further updates from Atari on the new console within the coming months.

It appears Atari will be back in the console gaming market.

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Gaming company Atari shared some images of the new Ataribox console in a message to fans on Monday (which we saw via The Verge) as well as some details about its spec sheet.

Atari started teasing its Ataribox at E3 this year, promising a "brand new Atari product".

Where exactly Ataribox fits alongside PS4 and Xbox One on the current video game hardware landscape is anyone's guess, although it sounds Atari's big, post-bankruptcy comeback will be a little overpowered if you want one for just a few rounds of Pac-Man or Space Invaders.

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In an email to Atari fans, the company reveals "our objective is to create something new, that stays true to our heritage, while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari". One is a more modern black/red box, while the other features wood panelling, which serves as a nice callback to the Atari 2600. Perhaps Atari is going to republish some classics, or make a new game in retro style. We still have no pricing, availability or release date information. 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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