During this year’s E3 event, Atari declared ambitions to make a strong comeback with the release of Ataribox console. Up until now, developers have remained tight-lipped about the features of the new device. Mere hours ago, Atari released a special statement that casts light on the Ataribox appearance and technical specifications.
In terms of design, the Ataribox seems to be inspired by the 2600 console, released in the distant 1977. However, the modern Ataribox comes with rubber lines and a raised back. It will feature an SD card reader as well as four USB slots and an HDMI connector. There will be two console versions- a wood edition, and a black/red edition. The front panel will be made either of wood or of glass. The indicator lights will glow through the materials.
Although Atari was reluctant to reveal in-depth details about the internal characteristics of the new console, company officials confirmed that the console would support both retro and modern games.
According to the released statement, company’s objective was creating a new device that appeals to new and lifelong Atari fans without neglecting company’s virtues.
Atari’s revelations that the new console would support old games as well as “current content” made fans believe that the Ataribox will bear resemblance to the NES and SNES classic consoles. In other words, fans expect the Ataribox to be a modern retro hardware enabling them to run new and old titles.
There is no information whatsoever about pricing, game content and eventual release date, but Atari officials hurried up to clarify that they were not teasing fans intentionally. Atari statement reads that details will be released “step by step” and community feedback would be highly appreciated.
Atari’s return to the industry is yet another indication of the retro gaming market revival. Back in 2013, the company filed for bankruptcy. A year later, it returned to the market and focused on mobile and casino games.
As for Atari’s involvement in the gaming industry, the first console release took place in 1977 when the Atari 2600 was launched. The console was a huge success with over 30 million units sold. Then, the Atari 5200 and 7800 models were rolled out.
The Atari Jaguar, released in 1993, was the last console the company launched. Shortly after, the hardware giants Sony, Nintendo, and Sega have completely taken over the console market and the Jaguar manufacturing was discontinued.