After being teased by Atari in a newsletter during E3, today we got a look at the console they’ve been cooking up. The Ataribox is real and it’s the company’s first game console in over 20 years.
The console looks sleek with a ribbed black top and wood grain front that are clear throwbacks to the original Atari system. Two versions will be available to buyers at launch; a red/black version and a classic wood grain version. There are five indicator lights on the front of the console, one in the shape of the Atari logo, which are shown to glow white and red. The back features an array of ports that reveal more details about the potential direction of the system.
The Ataribox will have 4 USB ports, one HDMI port, and an SD card slot. It’s USB ports will likely be used for any peripherals, such as controllers, and the SD card slot will be a source of storage. It’s worth noting that we do not have any information on potential internal storage on the console. Atari had this to say of the console’s back side, “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.”
At the moment, Atari has not released any details about the Ataribox’s price point or release date. We are also left to speculate about the potential software that will make it’s way onto the platform. It’s safe to assume this new console will have a wide variety of the publisher’s game available to it in the vein of the NES & SNES Classic systems, but what else? You probably won’t see the newest Call Of Duty or Assassin’s Creed make their way over to the platform. It’s possible the Ataribox places itself in the indie space, supporting games like Undertale & Downwell.
“We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, features, pricing, timing etc.,” stated Atari in their recent newsletter. The publisher plans to keep everyone updated regularly throughout the development process of the Ataribox. “There are a lot of milestones, challenges and decision points in front of us in the months ahead.” For now, it seems all we can do is speculate & wait.