Ataribox Press Release Hints At What’s To Come

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Posted July 17, 2017 by Chris Berto in Video Games

Last month as part of E3 Week, long dead and dormant console maker Atari shocked the world by announcing they were stepping back into the console market with the aptly code named, AtariBox. See the original announcement here:

Today, we received an update and some new images of the as of yet named console along with some general I/O specs and some interesting quotes about the system and Atari’s goals for it. “Our objective is to create a new product that stays true to our heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari” states the Ataribox project leader.

The only specific information we have outside of the fact that Atari plans on releasing two color variants, a traditional wood edition, and a more modern black/red edition, we also learned that the box will come with an HDMI out, SD card reader, and 4 USB ports. The press releases continues stating “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”.

It’s highly unlikely that Atari is planning to compete with the HD Twins or the Nintendo Switch but the inclusion of the phrase “current gaming content” leads to the speculation that we may see some updated versions of some of the more classic and/or iconic Atari games or more likely some pre-loaded classics like those available on the Atari Flashback Collections. The Ataribox may end up being more akin to the NES/SNES Classic editions than a new HD console, but until we know more all we have is speculation.

Atari has not yet released any information on internal specs, games, features, pricing, or a release window. All we have to go off of are rumors and the included pictures in the press release. With no concrete information it’s still an exciting time to be a gamer, especially if you grew up in the 80s or have fond memories of the original Atari systems. Pitfall, Pac-Man and Space Invaders ruled the gaming scene in the from 1978-1982. We’re all looking forward to whatever it is that Atari has up its sleeve.


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