Atari reveals first pictures of its new games console

The Ataribox Looks Fittingly Retro Yet Sleek

The console features ribs that flow around the whole console, a front panel that can be either wood or glass, a front facing logo, an indicator lights that glow through the material, an HDMI port, a SD port, and four USB ports. What does it do? It's unclear if this means Atari is making new games and will try to compete, somehow, with modern consoles.

After plenty of teasers, Atari has finally lifted the veil on its upcoming Ataribox gaming console. Atari also shared some pictures of the console, showing two variants. A model with a classic wood-fronted design, and a sleeker, but still retro-chic, red and black edition.

Here is a shot of the back of the unit.

The Ataribox Looks Fittingly Retro Yet Sleek
Atari reveals first pictures of its new games console

"As you can guess, those ports suggest modern internal specs", the publisher added. Similarly to Nintendo's NES/SNES Mini consoles, this box will support classic games. They billed the Ataribox as something that will combine class and current gaming content, and the look is geared to embody that approach. Since there is no cartridge port, that suggests emulation. It is, for instance, unclear whether the Ataribox will include a bundle of pre-installed titles, as per the NES Classic Mini, or if its library can be expanded by downloading new software, unlike the NES Classic Mini. A console that can conjure the 2600's admittedly crude home versions of arcade hits like Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Centipede, but also handle ports of, say, middling Android-ish games, might just have a shot at carving out a niche secondary or even tertiary market, if it's affordable enough. Whatever that Mad Catz one was. Atari didn't give any more details and said more info on specs, games, features, price, and release date would come later.

Unless they have no real idea what the Ataribox will do either, they're teasing us intentionally.

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