Atari has revealed images of its new Ataribox, the company’s first video games console we’ve seen in years. The new console won’t be out soon and the only thing we know is that it’ll be available in wood and one in red/black.
The video game maker has not provided many details about the console in a 20-second YouTube teaser.
Atari still exists?
Atari plans to deliver classic hits in the Ataribox, alongside current popular games. It’s unclear whether this involves republishing Rollercoaster Tycoon. In a move similar to the NES and SNES Classic, the video game console will provide access to retro games in the new console. This means the Ataribox will be packed with retro hits, and an operating system that allows online purchase or play modern Atari games. We would love to see a ton of modern Atari games.
We’re likely to see some version of Missile Command, Rollercoaster Tycoon, and Space Invaders.
The front panel of the video game console will have indicator lights which will illuminate through wood front or black glass. It features an HDMI port, 4USB ports and an SD memory card slot. The console would also come with an Ethernet port at the back and a headphone jack.
Atari hasn’t yet revealed specs, games, pricing and timeframes information yet. It notes that it has “lots of milestones, challenges and decision points” ahead. This probably means we’ve only seen a series of renders featuring the all new Atari console. Recently, Atari had licensed its brand. But now, it is involved in the creation of the video game console. Let’s hope Atari does more than just license its brand for a partner to create and manage the hardware part.
To Ataribox mailing list subscribers, an email went out yesterday saying:
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 has promised regular updates on the video game console’s development.