Last year’s E3 conference saw Atari popping its head out into the gaming scene with mentions of releasing a brand new product. Despite presenting interested audiences with a 20-second teaser video and revealing that the “Ataribox” would feature a wooden design similar to the Atari 2600, any further details remained elusive.
In a recent email to fans of the company, Atari expressed its intention to create something new that retains traces of the company’s heritage and would appeal to existing and potential new fans of Atari. New details about the Ataribox reveal that its exterior includes the classic wood paneling that was iconic for the Atari 2600 while also incorporated ribbed lines, an elevated back and front paneling available in glass and wood. LEDs, used to signify being turned on or when a game is running, illuminate through the front panel. In terms of connection and interaction, the console includes support for SD cards, an HDMI port and a quartet of USB ports. Currently, the Ataribox will be available in wood or black-and-red.
As far as game offerings go, Atari intends to feature classic Atari titles as well as “current-generation material.” While the latter term is unclear, it seems that Atari intends to go for a similar approach as Nintendo’s recent “NES Classic” and “SNES Classic” products and function as an official, polished emulator. While the Atari brand has been licensed out for a few years, the company is fully involved in the Ataribox.
Currently, details like price tag, release date, game library and even technical specifications remain elusive. Atari’s email commented that it was not deliberately looking to tease fans and that it intended to let fans know about every step of the Ataribox’s development and would seriously consider comments about the product from communities dedicated to Atari’s influence.