It’s been over 20 years since the last Atari console. There hasn’t been one since the Jaguar in 1993. It seems as though Atari has a new console on the horizon – The Ataribox. The company has a clear objective coupled with the newest consoles announcement. They want
The company has a clear objective coupled with the newest consoles announcement. They want to create a new product that stays true to their heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari. The system will come in two designs. The first is inspired by classic Atari design elements, most notably the use of wood and ribbed lines. There will also be a black/red version, presumably to fit the sleeker designs reflected by modern consoles.
According to the announcement, the Ataribox won’t just be a competitor for the major consoles, though they were rather vague as to what it would be. It comes with a handful of new ports (HDMI, 4xUSB, SD), which obviously brings modern internal specs into play. So its entirely likely the system will be capable of playing newer games, right?
The seems to be the case, though to what extent was unclear, but the system was definitely made with retro Atari in mind. Of course, it comes conveniently after Nintendo’s experiment with the NES Mini and the upcoming SNES Classic. The Ataribox is shaping to be Atari’s answer to it, possibly coming with loads of retro ports to keep fans busy.
If the system isn’t aiming to compete with the likes of the PS4, XBox One, and Switch, what will it bring to the table? Until Atari reveals more information, there’s unfortunately very little to say and even less to form any real predictions on. They stated that they’re planning to release information in stages, rather than an E3-style information dump. It is possible people may lose interest quickly without more to get excited about beyond vague promises of new information.
Gamers will have to wait until a bit for the next step in Atari’s plan, as no release date has been attached to the project yet. In the meantime, be sure to check back to the site for updates, as well as all of your other Nerdy News and Needs!
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