Following teases about its new hardware, Atari — the once great gaming-giant — is ready to talk shop, revealing a return to the console space. Interestingly, though, several questions are still up in the air about the new box coming to market.
Revealed with a newsletter, the Ataribox aims to remain true to Atari’s heritage while also appealing to new fans. That mission statement is easily apparent in the box’s two design schemes. According to the newsletter, two editions of the Ataribox will release: “a wood editiong, and a black/red edition.” The design is reminiscent of old, but also balances the new quite well. Ribs cover the body of the product, the box’s front panel can either be glass or wood, the Atari logo is front-facing, and indicator lights can be seen throughout the design. What’s new are the SD, HDMI, and four USB ports.
These modern hardware staples indicate the Ataribox will offer gaming content from both the past and present. However, the Ataribox Project team isn’t ready to divulge everything just yet. Therefore, details concerning specs, pricing, games, features and a release date are still in the wind. The team insists the teasing is only to ensure they can “get this right.” A part of their statement reads:
“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. There are a lot of milestones, challenges and decision points in front of us in the months ahead. We’ll be giving you lots more information and status updates as we progress, and we are thrilled to have you along for the ride!”
This announcement raises a myriad of questions, most of which are likely to remain unanswered for a time. Is Atari attempting to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One? Or will this fit in more with Nintendo Switch’s area of the console space, whereby it acts, for most, as a second machine in addition to a PC, PS4, or Xbox One? Time will tell.
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