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Atari's new Ataribox console will be like an NES Classic

17 July 2017, 04:19 | Camille Rivera

Atari's new Ataribox console will be like an NES Classic

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Atari, in a newsletter to fans, promised that the Ataribox will feature feature SD card support, a HDMI port, and four USB ports (the teaser image also shows an Ethernet port).

But Atari have done things the other way round and now the only thing we really know about the Ataribox (yes, that's really what it's called) is that the case looks really cool. The Ataribox, as the new device is called, will be the company's first foray into the gaming console market after more than twenty years. The two different designs for the console seem to revolve around either having a black glass panel in the front, with a red Atari logo, or a wooden front with a white logo.

At this stage, it isn't clear exactly what content the Ataribox will actually offer, though the company has said it will release classic games alongside a new selection of titles.

Speaking of games, Atari promises the console will have "modern" specs, and that the Ataribox will serve up both classic content as well as more current games. However, for the last 30 years, Atari has strayed away from console hardware.

Atari's new Ataribox console will be like an NES Classic
Atari's new Ataribox console will be like an NES Classic

When Atari announced it was jumping back into the game-console arena, those old enough to remember the 8-bit glory days of the Atari 2600 - like myself - perked up, briefly lighting up whatever part of the brain responsible for feelings of nostalgia.

Classic Atari games that could be making a return on the Ataribox include Pac-Man, Pong, Space Invaders and Asteroids. We intend to release two editions: a wood edition, and a black/red edition. Perhaps Atari is going to republish some classics, or make a new game in retro style.

"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", said an email from the Ataribox team.

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