After historic game and console developers Atari, teased fans at the E3 conference earlier this year by promising “a brand new product”, the company has finally provided some much anticipated detail about their new console, the Ataribox.
In an email to Atari fans, the company said, “our objective is to create something new, that stays true to our heritage, while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari.”
The new Ataribox looks to be modelled on the classic Atari 2600, sporting a similar wood like design with ribbed lines, a raised back, and a front panel that can either be glass or wood. This is accompanied by indicator lights which glow through these materials. The Ataribox will also including SD card support, a HDMI port, and four USB ports on the Ataribox. Two versions of the Ataribox will be released, one in wood, and one in black / red.
According to a report by The Verge, Atari plans to deliver classic games in the Ataribox, alongside “current content.” It is still unclear whether this means that the video game developers simply want the Ataribox to be similar to the NES and SNES Classic in providing access to old titles in modern retro hardware or if there are further plans for new developments.
Atari has not provided an specifics on pricing, release dates, game content, or even full specs right now. “We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, pricing, timing,” reads an Atari statement. “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.”