Atari reveals first pictures of its new Ataribox console

Pablo Tucker
July 17, 2017

Atari sent the photos to those who signed up for updates on the Ataribox site. At E3 a resurrected Atari teased its own entry into the market - the Ataribox - and now it's given us a few more details on what to expect from it.

There is also confirmation that it will come in two versions - one that's based on the original Atari VCS (2600) and another with a more modern, black and red design. It is, for instance, unclear whether the Ataribox will include a bundle of pre-installed titles, as per the NES Classic Mini, or if its library can be expanded by downloading new software, unlike the NES Classic Mini. Today, the first images of the new box have been revealed. Atari is not sharing the specs of the console yet.

Perhaps most intriguingly, Atari suggests that the Ataribox will also support "current gaming content" through "modern internal specs".

Our objective is to create a new product that stays true to our heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari.

They've used the old-school Atari console design notes to create the Ataribox's aesthetic, riffing on the iconic wood-panelling and ribbed surface. However, Atari will also be providing what is being billed as "current content" to the console as well.

Last month, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais confirmed that the company is working on a new console, as it looks to emulate the success of the NES Classic Edition, a nostalgia-filled retro console by Nintendo. "We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, pricing, timing", reads an Atari statement.

It could be another android style console so we might be seeing games that aren't AAA. "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 this to life, and to listen closely to the Atari community feedback as we do so", Atari further said.

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