Atari Returns to the Home Console Market with The Ataribox


That confirms our suspicions last month, when Atari announced the idea, that the company is trying to gauge demand before it commits to hiring a hardware team to turn the concept into reality.

Atari's first console in over two decades, the Ataribox, has been fully revealed. The Ataribox, on the other hand, will ship with four USB ports and an SD slot, potentially allowing you to connect third-party controllers or side-load new games through an SD card. A true pioneer of gaming, Atari was at the forefront of the arcade cabinet scene and produced some of the earliest home consoles on the market. In a press release received by Kotaku, the system will be "delivering classic gaming content, [and] also be delivering current gaming content". We are promised more information and that the project status will be updated soon - at the going rate that will be approximately this time next month. Rather, it said, "We want to get this right, so we've opted to share things step by step as we bring Ataribox to life, and listen closely to Atari community feedback as we do so". Now it turns out that the video showed a camera roving over what looks like one of the two Ataribox models that will be released.

Late a year ago, Nintendo surprised everyone by releasing a miniature replica of its classic Nintendo Entertainment System, equipped with 30 pre-installed games from '80s. There's still a lot of unknowns around the Ataribox but now fans have a little more information to work with.

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Classic Atari games that could be making a return on the Ataribox include Pac-Man, Pong, Space Invaders and Asteroids.

Still, until we know what's under the hood it's probably sensible to manage your expectations.

The Ataribox is one of the best-looking consoles we've seen in years, but there's one problem: it doesn't have any games yet. The company said "we're not teasing you intentionally". And while not much is known about the new product yet, it also appears that it might also be adding support for more modern games too.