Atari is returning to the console hardware market, get your first look at the Ataribox

Most younger gamers have likely never played or even heard of Atari consoles. In the late 70s Atari was synonymous with the words ‘video games’. The Atari 2600 was a huge success around the world, but thereafter they could never quite match what Nintendo and SEGA were doing when they released the 5200, 7800 and Jaguar, as the years went by. Atari’s hardware division folded and later on re-entered as a software publisher. That’s about to change, because Atari is officially making a comeback.

Yesterday Atari revealed their new console to the world. They’ve taken inspiration from their most iconic console, the 2600, and brought that oldschool 70s vibe with a touch of modern style into the design of the new console. As can been seen there are now glowing lights, four USB ports (that’s more than both the PS4 and Xbox One), SD card slot and an HDMI port. Though they don’t mention it in their reveal, a quick look at the image below also shows an ethernet port – hopefully it’ll be Wifi enabled too.

On the inside of the console it’ll host “modern internal specs”. They also confirmed that this console will support both classic games in their library, but it’ll also play modern games. Whether this’ll include the ability to play current third-party titles remains to be seen, but it’s an interesting take for Atari to take.

The Ataribox team said the following to conclude their reveal:

“We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, features, pricing, timing etc. 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 Ataribox to life, and to listen closely to Atari community feedback as we do so. There are a lot of milestones, challenges and decision points in front of us in the months ahead. We’ll be giving you lots more information and status updates as we progress, and we are thrilled to have you along for the ride!”

The Ataribox will launch in a the classic wood panel style, as well as a red and black combination. We’ll just have to wait a little longer to see when that will be.

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  • Wesley

    I must say, that console is looking damn sexy!

    • MonsterCheddar

      Indeed.

    • I’m just keen to see how it plays modern games. Modern as in AAA, or modern as in modern Indie games? Either way, don’t think any local distributor will pick it up. I smell an Ouya in the making.

      • Wesley

        On the one hand, it would be cool to compete with modern AAA, but i dont think we need another player in the market…. and neither do i think they will make it.

        I would like to see Atari be a bit more Unique, even if it stays to a more indy vibe. (with matching costs)

  • MonsterCheddar

    SAXY SAXY!!!!

  • so, there’s a couple of worrisome things about this WHOLE mess. [and you folks should look into it more]:

    atari are NOT willing to fund it themselves, they’re doing a crowdfunding campaign to get it going [which looks…not good. it says they don’t want to pony up the money to get this going, they’d rather have “fans” help them. they’re a big-ish corporation. seems fishy.]

    the second thing is that the company that currently owns atari is NOT ATARI. [they got bought out long, long ago] – there’s no such thing as “nolan bushnell’s atari” anymore, so i’d be completely wary of whatever they’re doing here.

    i encourage sagamer to dig a little deeper into this one.

    • I’ll have a look. I’m personally keen to see where this is all heading.

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