Atari Announces “NES Classic”-like Ataribox

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.

Atari Announces New Game System: Ataribox

Atari, a video game company based in France, sent out an early preview of its first new gaming console in over 20 years. The details were sent via email and were sparse. Although the information was limited, photos of the console were enough to get fans and press talking about the brand once again.

In a press statement, Atari said that the new console is inspired by its previous works. The front and back will feature a wood and glass panel and the main console material will be available in either wood or a classic black and red paint job.

Drawing influences from Atari’s heritage, the company says it hopes to introduce something new to gamers, but also remain true to the brand’s sensibilities.

The technical specifications of the new Ataribox remain speculative at best. The company kept any mention of price, release date, and capabilities absent from their press release. Photos of the console haven’t stopped speculations about what’s inside though.

On the exterior, an SD card slot is visible, as well as four USB ports and an HDMI output. In addition to playing classic games, the Ataribox is expected to pack a modern punch. In the newsletter released to fans, the company said, “As you can guess, those ports suggest modern internal specs. It also means that while we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content.”

Atari was founded nearly four decades ago by Ted Dabney and Nolan Bushnell. The company was most recently acquired by Infogrames, a French video game creator. Shortly after acquiring Atari, the company rebranded itself to take on the original Atari moniker.

E3, the world’s largest gaming convention, passed in early June. While this announcement was unexpected, critics predict a full release or product debut at next year’s conference.

Atari Shares Photos of Upcoming Retro Gaming Console With Fans

When it comes to retro gaming, Atari is a name that many will immediately recognize. While the company and their iconic gaming console may have faded into obscurity by the end of the 90s, they’re now making a big comeback, all thanks to renewed interest in classic games among the gaming community.

Anyone who followed trends in the video game industry during the last few years will have noticed that retro games and their associated hardware have been generating a lot of discussion. Many gamers agree that a video game doesn’t need cutting edge graphics and AI to be enjoyable. Noticing this renewed interest in their classic titles, video game companies like Nintendo have made some of them available on various modern platforms, like current generation consoles or mobile devices.

But some retro gamers want a more authentic experience in terms of hardware as well. Once again, the household names in the gaming industry were quick to respond by modern versions of their retro hardware. One of the most famous examples of this is Nintendo bringing back its NES Classic console in a miniature format.

Atari fans knew that the company was working on a retro hardware project for quite a while, but little information has been released about it until now. The company has recently released pictures of its “Ataribox” console, together with a basic overview of its specifications. The Ataribox looks like a smaller, set-top box version of the classic console, without being an exact miniaturization.

The device will offer four USB ports, an SD card slot and HDMI output. No information about its expected availability date, pricing or technical specifications has been released yet, but Atari has confirmed that the Ataribox will be able to play both classic and modern games. This has led some tech publications to speculate that the console will be Atari’s version of an Android TV device, combining modern features like media streaming and social sharing together with a pre-loaded collection of retro Atari titles.