Atari has revealed images of its new Ataribox, The company’s first video games console in more than 20 years. While we saw a 20-second YouTube teaser that hinted that the Ataribox box will be clearly inspired by it’s classic 2600 Atari console , Which was originaly released in 1977.
The Ataribox will feature four USB slots, an HDMI connector and an SD card reader. Atari said the front panel could either come in wood or glass and that the company planned to launch two versions of the console: a wood edition and a black/red edition In an email to Atari fans, the company reveals “our objective is to create something new, that stays true to our heritagewhile appealing to both old and new fans of Atari. Atari said there would be further updates on the new console in the coming months.
Atari plans to deliver classic retro games onto the new system, Classic Atari games that could be making a return on the new console include Pac-Man, Pong , Space Invaders and Asteroids . Alongside “current content.” It’s not clear if that current content involves simply republishing Rollercoaster Tycoon, but it appears that the Ataribox will be similar to the NES and SNES Classic , That allows gamers to access old timeless classic titles in modern way.
A Atari representative has said it will be sharing details such as specs, games and pricing of the new device “step by step”, asking for feedback from current fans on what they want from the console. While Atari has Re licensed its brand recently, the company is involved in the creation of the Ataribox. Hopefully that doesn’t mean Atari is just licensing its brand again for a partner to create and manage the hardware.
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.”
Around 30 million units of the original console was sold , followed by the Atari 5200 and 7800. The Atari Jaguar was released in 1993 but suffered under competition from the Sega Saturn and Sony’s hugely successful PlayStation, released two years later. The console sold just 250,000 copies before it was discontinued.