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Atari Releases First Images of Its New Ataribox Console

17 July 2017

Could this result in a console similar to the myriad of Android boxes such as the Ouya and the Nvidia Shield TV or akin to Nintendo's retro efforts like the SNES or NES Classic?

It will however have some features more in line with modern expectations - a HDMI port can be found on the rear along with four USB ports, with support built in for SD card expansion, which suggests uses will be able to sideload their own content on the machine. Atari is not sharing the specs of the console yet.

Atari Releases A First Look at Upcoming Ataribox Games Console
Atari Releases First Images of Its New Ataribox Console

It appears Atari will be back in the console gaming market. While we saw a 20-second YouTube teaser that hinted the Ataribox would be housed in wood like the 2600, the video game maker has not provided many details about the console until today. Two versions of the console will be released - a version with a wooden front panel, and a black version with a red logo.

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

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"As reported by The Verve, Atari told prospective players that "[its] objective is to create something new, that stays true to [its] heritage, while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari" in an email. It will also play classic and "current" games. Perhaps Atari is going to republish some classics, or make a new game in retro style.

Unfortunately, there are no further details on pricing or availability, but we do know that the Ataribox can be had in the classic black/wood finish or in a more modern black/red color scheme. "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". We also don't know the actual specs of the hardware but hopefully more will be revealed soon. 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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Atari Releases First Images of Its New Ataribox Console