Ataribox retro mini-console plays current and classic games

Joan Terry
July 17, 2017

It will come in two versions with one of them clearly inspired by the classic wood found on the Atari 2600, the company's first gaming console that was launched in 1977.

The selection of ports further confirms that Atari's upcoming platform isn't exclusively intended for playing retro games.

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.

After going bust (again) in 2013, Chesnais has refocused the company on licensing and mobile and is turning a profit again, so much so that it appears to have the working capital to start building stuff again, for the first time since the Atari Jaguar in 1993. Well, as spotted by The Verge, Atari has now revealed a smidgeon more information on its mysterious new console, alongside a couple of hints as to what it will actually do.

Ataribox retro mini-console plays current and classic games

Hopefully that doesn't mean Atari is just licensing its brand again for a partner to create and manage the hardware. We intend to release two editions: a wood edition, and a black/red edition.

We also know now that the Ataribox will feature an SD card reader, four USB slots, and an HDMI connector.

The post went on to suggest that "there are a lot of milestones, challenges and decision points in front of us in the months ahead", perhaps indicating that the console won't be ready for release in 2017.

However, with no pricing or firm release date information yet set, let alone a complete spec sheet, there's some trepidation here. We also don't know the actual specs of the hardware but hopefully more will be revealed soon. "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", Atari further said. The Mini NES succeeded, in part, due to its simplicity and cheap price, both of which would be hard in a more capable console.

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